The Peanut Butter Falcon

Roadside Attractions

Amelia Jáuregui, Staff Reporter

Forget about all those summer blockbusters, the recently released The Peanut Butter Falcon, starring Zachary Gottsagen, breaks cinema norms by casting a man with an Intellectual and Developmental Disability as the lead actor. 

Gottsagen is a 34 year old man, living with Down Syndrome, pursuing his dream of acting. The Peanut Butter Falcon is his newest work after parts in Bulletproof, Becoming Bulletproof, and The Homecoming: A Musical

The Peanut Butter Falcon follows the life of a man with Down Syndrome, forced to live in a retirement home. With a dream of becoming a wrestler, Zack escapes his forced living situation and finds himself on the journey of a lifetime. Throughout his journey, Zack meets Tyler, actor Shia LaBeouf, and both of them learn more about themselves and each other.

This feel good movie is highly recommended, as it has a 97 percent review on Rotten Tomatoes and and 7.5 out of 10 on IMDb

Filmed on a modest budget of $20,000, directors Tyler Nilson and Micheal Schwartz touched the hearts of most, if not all, audience members, especially appealing to those who know someone living with an Intellectual and Developmental Disability. 

The Peanut Butter Falcon, with the phenomenal acting of Zachary Gottsagen, sheds light on the lives of those who experience life a little differently, and hopefully inspires those around us to always be compassionate.