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Parents' Guide to

The Peanut Butter Falcon

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Edgy but surprisingly sweet, compassionate dramedy.

Movie PG-13 2019 93 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 19 parent reviews

age 2+

Great Family Movie

This movie was a heartfelt warm unique beautiful movie that has a foundation and a morality that more people should live by. Personally I have three kids and we all watched it and absolutely loved it. I do however disagree with some of the reviews that there’s too much vulgar language and drinking and violence? It wasn’t glorified or made to look cool it was just normal everyday living. They drop the F bomb four times and share a couple shots of moonshine that wasn’t really focused on. I guarantee in any average American household that there is way more language than what this movie has, so if you’re worried about that don’t be. Enjoy the movie

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age 8+

Everyone should see this movie

Peanut Butter Falcon is a story about how even though life is hard, we can still be good people and be kind to each other. Even though there is some minor adult concepts in the movie, the moral and value story far outweighs them in terms of children watching the movie. Personally, I would show this movie to my child at any time over 6 years old.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (19 ):
Kids say (20 ):

Though the plot of this mismatched-buddies drama may feel overly familiar, the bold casting and watery setting provide a welcome edginess that enhances the inevitable sweetness, making it genuine. Co-written and co-directed by first-timers Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz, The Peanut Butter Falcon does follow a well-worn story arc, but the presence of Gottsagen -- who has Down syndrome in real life -- quickly ups the ante. The role of Zak was written directly for him, and he's instantly endearing. LaBeouf, meanwhile, is known for his irreverence and volatility, which makes it all the more notable when his character opens up and shows a softer side of himself. When that happens, it's a happy surprise -- and it's wonderfully honest.

Johnson, best known for playing Anastasia Steele in the Fifty Shades movies, completes the picture, likewise showing far more appealing vulnerability here. Largely filmed in Georgia, the movie makes beautiful use of land and sea, sun-baked shores and boats; it feels warm and open-aired, smelling like salt and fish. Yet it also conveys a realistic sense of desperation and menace, making the perils of the journey feel more concrete. In the end, The Peanut Butter Falcon shows great and rare compassion, not only for Zak, but for anyone who feels marginalized or misunderstood.

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