Holly on Hollywood – The Peanut Butter Falcon

Holly on Hollywood
“The Peanut Butter Falcon”
by Holly McClure

The Peanut Butter Falcon is a heartwarming adventure about a lonely 22-year-old with Down Syndrome, who lives in a retirement home for special needs. Zak (Zack Gottsagen) has no family. His only friend who treats him like an actual human being is his caregiver Eleanor (Dakota Johnson). Zak dreams of becoming a pro wrestler and escapes from the nursing home to meet the wrestling hero he’s been watching for years. He soon crosses paths with Tyler (Shia LaBeouf), a down-on-his-luck crab fisherman who’s being pursued by two lowlife rivals to pay back a debt. The two form an unlikely friendship where they learn more about themselves than ever before.

This is absolutely a heart-warming, PG-13, “Huckleberry Finn” inspired adventure for mature teens to adults. (Parents heed the rating!) The unusual story is funny with lots of human emotions, mature themes, frequent language, a character wearing only his underwear in several scenes, a man is beaten up, a violent wrestling match (with some blood), characters drink a bottle of whiskey and suffer hangovers, flashback to a drunk driving accident, guns and shooting, a character is bullied and beautiful scenery.  LaBeouf gives a brilliant performance as a troubled man who comes off as harsh and irritable at first, then brother-like and protective of Zak, wanting people to see him for who he is – not what he appears to be. Gottsagen has Down Syndrome in real life and gives a truly remarkable, break-out performance! Credit goes to the writer beause you never feel sorry for him, but rather appreciate his determination. He’s very funny which eases a lot of the awkward moments. Themes of friendship, brotherhood and redemption, are woven into a story that resonates with biblical values about not judging someone by how they look. And just because someone is different, handicapped, etc. it doesn’t make them any less capable to achieve their wildest dreams. I thoroughly enjoyed The Peanut Butter Falcon! It’s a feel-good story with a satisfying ending that leaves you smiling.

“Remember to Choose Your Movies Wisely”

~Holly On Hollywood~


Holly McClure is a multimedia personality with a career that spans over 20 years in the entertainment industry. Her background as a film critic, film and television producer, creative writer, filmographer, radio and television host, author, and pundit for family values, has established her media expertise and made her a recognized advocate for family-friendly entertainment. Holly was the first ‘family film critic’ syndicated in over 365 newspapers by The Orange County Register. Her “Holly on Hollywood” movie reviews have been featured on various media outlets and can now be seen on Uplift TV, Parables movie channel, and thelaundrymoms.com.

In 2002, Holly was asked by Mel Gibson to film the behind-the-scenes interviews for “The Passion of the Christ”. She produced a one hour special, “The Making of The Passion of the Christ”, that aired on TBN and ION. She has since produced numerous press features for various films (The Passion Of The Christ, Do You Believe, Dancer and the Dame, God’s Not Dead, The Frontier Boys, etc.) and is listed on IMDB .

Holly is a charter member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and serves on the advisory boards of The Dove Foundation and The Parents Television Council. She is a proud mother, grandmother and mentor, passionate about supporting and creating life-changing entertainment!

For more information visit Hollymcclure.com or IMDB.com

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