Peanut Butter Falcon – Just Like Peanut Butter, Only OK

Rating (3 out of 5)

Summary: A mediumly paced film that keeps you interested for an hour and 30 minutes to see how the story resolves. The tidy wrap up at the end was a bit disappointing. There wasn’t anything really new here. It was a cute story, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to watch this.

Plot: Zak (Zack Gottsagen) is mentally challenged, and escapes from the nursing home to meet his wrestling hero.

Detail: The actors all performed well, Dakota Johnson, Shia LeBeouf, Bruce Dern, etc. Here is where I struggle with this film. The Zak and Tyler (Shia LeBeouf) are both trying to escape their current lives. Their alignment fits the picture, and their relationship works.

The movie starts to fail when Eleanor (Dakota Johnson) falls in love with Tyler, and we are supposed to believe he is a good guy. He was a good character that walked the line between good and bad, thoughtful and careless. I really didn’t need the love component and I think it diminished Eleanor’s character.

Rather, we could have her understand the nursing home couldn’t provide the care or development that Tyler could. She could have let them go, without joining. Less happy Hollywood, but still a good-natured buddy movie.