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Have you heard of The Peanut Butter Falcon from Lionsgate?

This new, modern-day Mark Twain-style story was in theaters in August but is now available on Digital and on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD and On Demand. The Peanut Butter Falcon is a sweet, but edgy movie that follows a young man with Down Syndrome who has dreams and wants to make them happen. Sounds like a great family movie, right? But, is this movie for the whole family? Let’s dive in, spoiler-free, and I will tell you why you need to own this movie.

About The Peanut Butter FalconThe Peanut Butter FalconThe Peanut Butter Falcon follows Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young man with Down syndrome who runs away from a residential nursing home to fulfill his dream of attending the pro wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church). On the road, Zak meets Tyler (Shia LaBeouf), a small-time outlaw who becomes Zak’s unlikely coach and ally. Together, they set out on a wild, life-changing journey and try to convince Eleanor (Dakota Johnson), a kind nursing-home employee charged with bringing Zak back, to join them.

About the Blu-Ray/DVD

Bring home The Peanut Butter Falcon and celebrate the adventure while diving deeper into the production with a photo gallery and behind-the-scenes featurette. The Peanut Butter Falcon Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.

BLU-RAY / DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Photo Gallery
  • “Zack’s Story: The Making of Peanut Butter Falcon” Featurette

“Zack’s Story: The Making of Peanut Butter Falcon” Featurette

The Peanut Butter Falcon

The Peanut Butter Falcon

This featurette was very interesting. The writers of the film, Michael Schwartz and Tyler Nilson, tell us how The Peanut Butter Falcon came to be. They met Zack Gottsagen at a camp for actors with disabilities where Gottsagen expressed his interest in becoming a famous actor. When it was explained that movies weren’t typically written for actors with disabilities, Gottsagen challenged the writers to make it happen and write a movie for him. And they did. This sweet movie has an even sweeter backstory – full of all the kindness your heart needs.

That PG-13 Rating

While this is a great movie, The Peanut Butter Falcon has an edgy side to it. Tyler(Shia LaBeouf) is a man with a troubled past. He is heading down the wrong path and makes himself something of an outlaw. There are scenes that involve fighting, fires, and stealing. Some scenes are violent. On the minor side of this, there are a few scenes with smoking(cigarettes) and the use of the word “retard.” I would not recommend this movie for small children, as I do not believe it would capture their attention span at all. This is definitely a perfect movie for tweens and older.

The Take-Away

The Peanut Butter FalconIn the beginning of the movie, Zak(Zack Gottsagen) resides in a nursing home. He has a wonderful friend in one of the residents, Carl(Bruce Dern). Carl tells Zak, “Friends are the family you choose.” This statement has such an impact. The film portrays the elements of family and makes a firm statement about that. The Peanut Butter Falcon also opens doors for discussion regarding Down Syndrome and advocating to do the right thing for someone.

This is definitely a movie for your collection.

And now for the good stuff

Check out the cool DIY Peanut Butter Falcon Costume and Wrestling Belt Cookie Recipe! Perfect for a movie night!

 

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