Last week our staff decided to watch The Peanut Butter Falcon after work. It’s a new movie about a young man with Down Syndrome who dreams a of becoming a wrestler. Zack Gottsagen does a great job in his roll and is perfectly pared with costar, Shia LaBeouf in the Mark Twain style epic adventure. Gottsagen’s first roll is in a short film titled Bulletproof and he will soon be seen in an upcoming film titled The Homecoming: A Musical.
Prior to seeing the movie, we heard that the Ruderman Family Foundation honored the movie with its Seal of Authentic Representation for its accurate depictions of people with disabilities. We also heard that Gottsagen would lead everyone (cast and crew) in a big group hug at the end of every day.
We don’t want to give to much away but here is our takeaway.
What was your favorite part?
Pam: The ending.
Amanda: The bonfire.
Lyzeth: When Zak mentions they could be a family.
Justin: Zak’s birthday wishes.
What hit close to home?
Pam: Adults with special needs who don’t have a family to care for them.
Amanda: If my parents and I are no longer around I hope my sister will find friends like Tyler and Eleanor.
Tiffany: How important his birthday was to him.
Jazmine: What really go my heart was how Zak felt about family.
Justin: How Tyler did what he could to help Zak’s dreams come true.
What made you cry?
Amanda: Tears of sadness when Zak was bullied. Tears of joy at the goodness Zak brings out in people.
Tiffany: So many parts but especially the scene with his cupcake.
Lyzeth: When Zak got picked on and called the “R” word
Jazmine: The parts where Tyler and Zak bonded. Also Zak’s insight into his family.
Justin: Zak getting to do what he loved.
What made you laugh?
Pam: When Zak escaped from the nursing home.
Tiffany: Rule #1
Lyzeth: “What’s Rule #1?”
Jazmine: How Tyler would react to Zak. I loved that he treated Zak like anyone else. They were so funny together.
What Impressed you?
Pam: The acting ability of Zack Gottsagen.
Jazmine: I was impressed with how Zak dealt with fear and how he overcame challenges.
Justin: How the movie showed different aspects of peoples’ views about Zak’s disability. That can be a hard subject to tackle.
Did this movie make you think of anyone?
Amanda: All of our CAMPers. It was so well done and every line or action reminded me of a different friend at CAMP.
Tiffany: Yes, several of the CAMPers, but mainly Mikey.
Lyzeth: All of our students. I saw a little of everyone.
Would you watch it again?
Jazmine: I would definitely watch it again! I want to buy it.
Justin: Yes, definitely.
Tiffany: I will own this movie!
We loved this movie I hope you will too.