Taking the conventions of the buddy movie in a new direction, this Sundance Film Festival hit makes the most of its three leads’ charismatic screen presence.
Zak (Zack Gottsagen) lives in an old people’s home because the state has no idea where to place him. Born with Down Syndrome, abandoned by his parents and alone in the world, his only friends are Eleanor (Dakota Johnson) who overseas his care in the home, and his occasional roommate Carl (Bruce Dern). But when he succeeds on his umpteenth escape from the home, her picks up with Tyler (Shia LaBeouf), a good for nothing shrimp fisherman on the run. Together they head south to Florida – Tyler escaping the men whose property he destroyed and Zak hoping to meet Salt Water Redneck, his wrestling hero whom he hopes to train under. But with Eleanor on their tail, things are unlikely to go to plan.
★★★★ "LaBeouf at his best" - Beth Webb, Empire
★★★★ "LaBeouf is scruffily compelling, while the pinpoint comic timing of Gottsagen should be a lesson to any drab corners of the film industry still resisting disabled actors" - Danny Leigh, Financial Times
★★★★ "Perhaps against the odds, this shambling buddy movie really works" - Wendy Ide, The Observer