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LaBeouf provides the soul of ‘Peanut Butter Falcon’

In past years, sometimes weeks have passed without anything truly interesting opening in mainstream theaters. But that seldom happens anymore in this part of the Inland Northwest.

For example, one of the movie scheduled to open on Friday stars Shia LaBeouf, which always seems to pose a challenge. The film is:

"The Peanut Butter Falcon": Reworking the basic plot line for "Huckleberry Finn," this film explores the story of a young guy with Down syndrome (Zack Gottsagen) who convinces a wanderer (LaBeouf) to help him fulfill his quest to become a professional wrestler. Also starring Dakota Johnson.

The film, which was co-written and directed by by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz, is receiving a 94 percent approval (98 percent audience)rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Following are some critical comments:

 Samantha Incorvaia, Arizona Republic: "The film is a sweet, funny and heartfelt look at friendship and strength."

Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times: "LaBeouf brings the soul to 'The Peanut Butter Falcon,' while Gottsagen brings the spirit. He has an undeniably charming screen presence, and the actor takes to this starring role with gusto."

Peter Debruge, Variety: "A feel-good niche indie with its priorities in the right place."

As with all of life, DeBruge's final words are worth considering.