The Peanut Butter Falcon ★★★½

The construction of this one becomes problematic when the token villains (including Hawkes) enter the climax and you realize that they're there only to create immediacy, from a screenwriter's point of view. There's also a scene at the end that feels really misjudged, and the surprise ending just doesn't work.

Otherwise, this is a charming film that doesn't overplay its sentiment. LaBeouf is crucial to its success; he modulates his performance perfectly and it's fun and gratifying to see him treat Gottsagen's character as his equal. I enjoyed the cinematography and the on-point musical score (and songs), too.

We need more movies like this.

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