The Peanut Butter Falcon – A Movie Review

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By: Sarah Steffey | ssteffey3@radford.edu

With the name as distinctive as The Peanut Butter Falcon, a movie is sure to stand out and make a great first impression for all moviegoers. Not only does the title stand out, so does the plot.

This movie follows the journey of a guy with down syndrome named Zak. Although he is young, Zak lives in a retirement home and often tries to escape. He finally succeeds and meets a guy named Tyler. They embark on an adventure, both trying to escape the “real world.”

Zak’s caretaker, Eleanor, eventually finds them. She ends up staying and falling in love with Tyler. This love story is a subplot to Zak’s journey.

Zak admires a once-famous wrestler that goes by Salt Water Redneck and dreams of becoming just like him. His ultimate goal is to escape all of the stereotypes of being a guy with down syndrome and become a wrestler.

The Peanut Butter Falcon stars Zack GottsagenShia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson. The actors do a fantastic job of portraying their characters. 

Gottsagen lives with down syndrome and brings a whole new level of acting to this movie playing character Zak.

Photo Credit: The Peanut Butter Falcon The Movie
The Peanut Butter Falcon is full of personality; it is one of the most original movies I have ever seen. It is an emotional yet inspiring, and humorous movie that everyone should see.

The movie also addresses many issues that people with disabilities face in the world today, specifically down syndrome. The movie shows how people with this disability are treated. For example, Zak is called “retarded” several times and is not treated as an average person.

Viewers will take away the ability to treat people with disabilities, just as they would other people. People who suffer from disabilities can do most of the things that other people do if not the same or even more.

The Peanut Butter Falcon is full of personality; it is one of the most original movies I have ever seen. It is an emotional yet inspiring, and humorous movie that everyone should see.

The Peanut Butter Falcon is playing at Scarrettes Plaza Cinema Monday-Thursday at 7:00 p.m., Friday at 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., and 9:15 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday at 2:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m., and 9:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $5 to $6. Student discounts are available.

Be sure to check out other movie reviews on The Tartan, including Overcomer and Toy Story 4

Photo Credit: (The Peanut Butter Falcon the Movie)

The Verdict
  • 9/10
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9/10

It's Peanut Butter Falcon Time!

With the addition of humor in perfect spots throughout the movie, it is unlikely that any viewer will leave the theater without a smile on their face. Overcoming limitation is the central part of this movie; if that does not cause emotion, then I do not know what will.

Anyone who is looking for an excellent emotional and uplifting story or a good laugh should see The Peanut Butter Falcon.

Sarah Steffey

My name is Sarah Steffey and I am from Rural Retreat, VA. I am 19 years old and will be graduating Radford University in the Spring of 2020 with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. I am a member of Alpha Phi Sigma and the AASIS club.