The Peanut Butter Falcon
Director: Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz
2019, 98 minutes, Digital, PG-13
9/29/2019 2:30PM – OC
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Zack Gottsagen
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
A modern Mark Twain style adventure story, The Peanut Butter Falcon, tells the story of Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young man with Down syndrome, who runs away from a residential nursing home to follow his dream of attending the professional wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church). A strange turn of events pairs him on the road with Tyler (Shia LaBeouf), a small time outlaw on the run, who becomes Zak’s unlikely coach and ally. Together they wind through deltas, elude capture, drink whisky, find God, catch fish, and convince Eleanor (Dakota Johnson), a kind nursing home employee charged with Zak’s return, to join them on their journey.
“LaBeouf brings the soul to The Peanut Butter Falcon, while Gottsagen brings the spirit. He has an undeniably charming screen presence, and the actor takes to this starring role with gusto.” – Katie Walsh, The Los Angeles Times