If you watch The Peanut Butter Falcon and don’t like it, check your pulse. You might be dead. Peanut Butter Falcon is a small movie with a big beating heart. The film follows Zak (Zack Gottsagen, who made his debut in the darling documentary, Becoming Bulletproof) a man with down syndrome who lives in a retirement home because he has no family and the state doesn’t know what to do with him. He spends his time watching the same VHS tape of his favorite wrestler, The Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church), who offers to teach in-person classes on how to be the best of the best in wrestling. Being a wrestler Is Zak’s dream, so he escapes the retirement home and inadvertently ends up on a boat with Tyler, who’s on the run from a group of no goods he stole from. A bond is formed, and they make it a mission to track down Salt Water Redneck so Zak can become a superhero in the wrestling world. What is so captivating about Peanut Butter Falcon is writers-directors Tyler Nilson and. Michael Schwartz doesn’t exploit Zak’s real-life down syndrome, and Shia LaBeouf’s Tyler treats him as he does anyone he comes into contact with: like a human being. Despite making some moronic choices in his personal life, LaBeouf is one hell of an actor. There’s not one movie you’ll see where he doesn’t give 100%. Regardless of the movie or role he's playing, LaBeouf really goes for what is required of the character he’s playing and disappears into that role. In Peanut Butter Falcon, you’re not watching Shia play a character named Tyler; you’re watching Tyler. This is one of the best movies of the year and shouldn’t be missed.