The Peanut Butter Falcon is one of the most heartwarming movies I’ve seen in a very long time. It is an excellent film. It’s directors, Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz (Directors of: The Moped Diaries, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Identity Thief) have made one of my favorite movies of the year. With a simple story, a short runtime, and a small cast, it works brilliantly. There’s not a dull moment on screen.
The film follows two characters, Zack and Tyler. Tyler (played fantastically by Shia LeBeouf and Zack Gottsagen) is a crab fisherman in North Carolina without a dime to his name, and having a brother who’s passed away recently, and a boat with stolen fishing materials, he’s fired and set on a path to Florida where he can build a new life.
Zack, however, is a 22-year-old with down syndrome, forced to live in a retirement home, due to Zack being abandoned. Zack admittedly hates living here and tries his hardest to escape multiple times to fulfill his dreams of being a professional wrestler. With help from his roommate Carl (Played by Bruce Dern) one night, He’s able to escape and begin wandering the streets.
After his fight with two other crew members, named Duncan and “Ratboy” (played by John Hawkes and Yelawolf respectively) Tyler is out on his own, on foot, injured, and broke. The next morning after walking in his underwear all night, Zack hides in Tyler’s boat. Once Tyler finds him, he plans on heading on alone. However, Tyler decides to take Zack along and drop him in Aiden, North Carolina, where The Saltwater Redneck’s School for Wrestlers is. Once there, he can begin training for his career under his wrestler name: The Peanut Butter Falcon
The best way I can describe this movie is having the feel-good moments of Forrest Gump, and the “buddy comedy” style of Dumb and Dumber. This film had me smiling and laughing from the first moment, and I never lost interest. The characters are so realistic and grounded, and the writing and cinematography are fantastic throughout.
The Peanut Butter Falcon is available now to stream, rent, or buy.