Zack Gottsagen

Why Everyone in the WORLD Needs “The Peanut Butter Falcon”

I’ll get to The Peanut Butter Falcon in a minute, but first I need to tell you about someone I loved.
My Aunt Jo Ann was born with Down Syndrome, so I grew up thinking every family had a celebrated member like her. She was different, yes, but she was also our collective heartbeat. She finished our prayers, decided on restaurants when we went out and Jo Ann always got the best piece of chicken at dinner. She was close to all of us in her own way, which is how I knew Jo Ann wasn’t like the shallow depictions we usually see of someone with Downs. She had loads of friends at the school she attended and dreamed of a family. She had healthy crushes on the dreamboats of her day (like Elvis Presley and William Shatner) but Jo Ann had a dose of salt too and would put you in your place if needed (ask me about the time she called me a “fat pig.”).
Jo Ann died from pneumonia last year and my family aches from the loss like it just happened. I visited her grave two weeks ago and still struggled to accept that she wasn’t waiting elsewhere for us, asking to watch Caddyshack again.
That’s why I can’t review The Peanut Butter Falcon without bias. I watch young Zack Gottsagen onscreen and see the embodiment of everything Jo Ann hoped for. Recognition. Acceptance. And a burning desire to be a part of the world everyone else takes for granted. Continue reading →

Peanut Butter Falcon
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FREE SCREENING of “The Peanut Butter Falcon”

I’m not going to beat around the bush. You need something sweet and life-affirming, right? You’d probably prefer it to be FREE and SOON too. Well, HERE IT IS. I’m giving away 15 pairs of passes (reserved seats) to see The Peanut Butter Falcon, starring Dakota Johnson, Shia LaBeouf and the incredible Zak Gottsagen this Wednesday night! Not familiar with it? Well, watch the trailer below to understand why this is the movie you need RIGHT NOW. Then be one of the first 15 people to write “I NEED THIS MOVIE” in the Comments and a pair of passes to The Peanut Butter Falcon will be yours. Then go watch the trailer again because honestly…you really do need it.
The Peanut Butter Falcon is rated PG-13 and opens in select theaters August 9th.