REVIEW: “PEANUT BUTTER FALCON” (2019) Roadside Attractions

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I’m a big believer in second chances when it comes to actors who have fallen by the wayside. Shia LeBeouf (Tyler) is one of them I would like to see do well again because the guy can act..and act here he does. Right along with someone who is genuinely trying to make people take her seriously as an actress, Dakota Johnson (Eleanor). Both are going about it in the right way with some good lead roles in indies.

This sweet little gem of a film “Peanut Butter Falcon also boasts a few heavy hitter co-stars in  Bruce Dern and Thomas Haden Church . But the biggest star of all is  Zack Gottsagen who plays Zak, a young man with downs syndrome who is stuck living in an old folks home, and just wants to escape, meet his wrestling idol ‘The Salt Water Redneck‘ take lessons from him and live life.

The film takes us on a fun, Mark Twain like journey with humor and friendship showing their true colours. Inbetween the main story line is the back-end which tells why Tyler is needing something in his life told in flashbacks pictures with his brother Mark (Jon Berenthal), and what messing with Duncan (John Hawkes) crab-trapping livelihood down in the bayou, where the rules are most definitely different.

While it might be predictable as you know where the relationships between Tyler, Eleanor and Zak are all heading, again it’s the journey that makes it sweet, funny and very charming. If you get a chance to catch this limited release, do so as it is money well spent.

Grade: B-

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Media Review Screening: Tuesday, August 6, 2019 ~ Courtesy of LAFTV Film Group

‘THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON’ HITS THEATERS IN LIMITED RELEASE FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 2019

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REVIEW: “DADDY’S HOME” (2015) Paramount Pictures

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In this the second collaboration between Wahlberg and Ferrell, “Daddy’s Home” gives us Brad Whitaker (Will Ferrell), a mild-mannered radio executive who is trying his damndest to become the best stepdad to his new wife Sara’s (Linda Cardenelli) two children. But some big complications are coming his way when their fun, free-wheeling, free-loading real father Dusty Mayron (Mark Wahlberg) arrives, forcing Brad to compete for the affection of the kids.
At this point is of course where the fun starts as father and step-father challenge and begin competing with one another for the love of their children for the position of being called “Dad”.
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The film spends its first ten minutes working to establish Brad as a character, as the over-eager, almost irritatingly, sincere step-father who found himself left impotent after a dental mishap. In contrast, we have Dusty Mayron. Dusty is Sara’s ex-husband and the biological father to Brad’s two step-children. Dusty is an eccentric larger-than-life type of guy, basically the walking and talking embodiment of all of Brad’s insecurities he seems to swagger around with his own soundtrack of AC/DC’s Thunderstruck playing in the background.
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Sara is the mother who watches as both these men in her life engage in a rapidly escalating game of one-upmanship to win the love of her children and while she is completely wise to what is going on and doesn’t try to stop it, she plays against neither character.

The supporting cast – The wonderfully accented fertility specialist Dr. Francisco (Bobby Canavale); Thomas Haden Church as Leo Holt, Brad’s boss, is as always sheer comedy gold. Taking me back to his WINGS days here with his delivery of stories and one-liners. And the man who seriously MUST re-consider his lively-hood in the pro-wrestling arena and become the hysterical supporting actor in every comedy film made.. John Cena. Hannibal Buress as Griff, the handyman extraordinaire, all do well, but director Sean Anders does struggle somewhat to keep the laughs coming.
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While I had a few really good belly laughs at this one – take note- it’s not a kids movie as even the littliest of kids swears some, it’s PG-13 rating is true to form here. All in all, Daddy’s Home has a solid premise and a talented cast. It just doesn’t manage to do much with either.

Grade: C-
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Review Screening: Saturday, December 19, 2015 ~ Courtesy of Paramount Pictures
Nationwide release: Friday, December 25, 2015