The Peanut Butter Falcon
Shia LaBeouf (Borg vs McEnroe, Transformers) and endearing newcomer Zack Gottsagen give beautifully compassionate performances in this uplifting story largely set in North Carolina’s backwaters. Gottsagen, an actor with Down syndrome, plays Zak, a young man living in an elderly care facility under the watchful eye of well-meaning Eleanor (Dakota Johnson) and roommate Carl, played with wry brilliance by the seasoned Bruce Dern (Nebraska). Zak obsessively watches his favourite wrestling pro, the Salt Water Redneck, and wishes desperately to attend the hammy performer’s wrestling school. After a daring escape, Zak meets up with a dodgy fisherman Tyler (LaBeouf). The unlikely duo are chased cross-country by Tyler’s enemies and Eleanor in this funny and charming story on what it means to be an outcast and the search for a life worth living in the face of adversity.