First Glance: “The Peanut Butter Falcon”

Peanut butter poster

I’ll be surprised if there is another 2019 movie with a more unique title than “The Peanut Butter Falcon”. This road-trip drama from co-directors and co-writers Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz premiered at South By Southwest and was picked up by Roadside Attractions.

The film follows a young man with Down Syndrome (played by newcomer Zachary Gottsagen) who dreams of becoming a professional wrestler. His troubled home life pushes him to run away to pursue his dream. He crosses paths with a hapless crab fisherman (a surprisingly compelling Shia LaBeouf) who finds fulfillment in leading Gottsagen’s character to a small North Carolina wrestling school.

The supporting cast is really strong – Dakota Johnson, Bruce Dern, John Hawkes, Jon Bernthal, Thomas Haden Church, and wrestlers Mick Foley and Jake Roberts. The film hits theaters August 9th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or giving it a pass.

10 thoughts on “First Glance: “The Peanut Butter Falcon”

  1. I admit to not being a fan of Shia LaBeouf as a person while he’s hit/miss as an actor though the subject matter is interesting while I’m eager to see what Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Mick Foley would bring to the film. After all, I love pro wrestling… not sports entertainment. Sports entertainment is for pussies.

    • Completely with you on Shia. That’s why it kind of surprised me to see him looking pretty decent in the trailer. He’s still the biggest question mark for me.

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