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Captain Fantastic (2016)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 29 July 2016 (USA)
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In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent.

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Ben and Leslie Cash have long lived largely off the grid with their offspring - Bodevan, Kielyr, Vespyr, Rellian, Zaja and Nai - in a cabin in the mountains of Washington state. The parents have passed their ideals to their children, namely socialism (in its various forms) and survivalism. With the former, Ben considers most of western society as being fascist, especially corporate America. With the latter, he figures that no one will or should be there for you, so you better learn how to take care of yourself in all its aspects. As such, the children have been subject to vigorous physical training, know how to deal with minor bumps, bruises, cuts, sprains and even fractures, and know how to hunt, forage and grow their own food. The children are also non-registered home schooled, meaning that they have no official academic records. Ben and Leslie have tried to make the children critical thinkers, however within the context of their ideals. Beyond these issues, Ben and Leslie made the ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language and brief graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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$93,824 (USA) (10 July 2016)

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$5,875,006 (USA) (23 October 2016)
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In this film, actress Erin Moriarty shares a brief romance with the fictional brother of actress Annalise Basso. In the film The Kings of Summer, Erin Moriarty shares a relationship with Annalise's real life brother, actor Gabriel Basso. See more »

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When Kielyr says that the book she's reading, Lolita, is "interesting", there is a general outcry among her siblings objecting that "interesting" is an "Illegal word", to which her father replies ""Interesting" is a non-word. You know you're supposed to avoid it." However, the family members use the F*** word 18 times in the movie, along with a smattering of D*** and S***, all of which are meaningless non-words within their individual contexts. See more »

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[first lines]
Ben: [family gathers around the slain deer] Today, the boy is dead. And in his place... is a man.
Bo: [rips off a bloody bite of the offered morsel]
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Featured in The 89th Annual Academy Awards (2017) See more »

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I Shall Be Released
Words and Music by Bob Dylan
Produced and Performed by Kirk Ross with Tyra Juliette, Steven Wolf, Dave Delhomme (as David Delhomme) and Jeff Thall
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American Classic
21 July 2016 | by (LA) – See all my reviews

This is simply the best movie I have seen since Shawshank Redemption. It tells the story of a family living in the wilderness who are forced to face modern society. Its funny, with a pinch of sad, and a huge dollop of thought-provoking.

Matt Ross is a genius who has found his voice and style in this film. The direction is just incredible. The script has all the fluff stripped out so it moves along at a great pace. It is edited to perfection so every scene draws you further in. It feels like "Into The Wild" as directed by Clint Eastwood. I have been going around telling random people about how great this movie is and how it will clean up at the Oscars.

I don't see it appealing to everyone however. That is what makes it such a great film because no one left the screening ambivalent. The open-minded Austin, Texas audience was vastly in the Fantastic camp, but I can see this film is not going to go down well everywhere with everyone. If it did, it would be some fluff piece and not the classic it is destined to be.


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