Thunderpants (2002)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi  |  24 May 2002 (UK)
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An 11-year-old boy's amazing ability to break wind leads him first to fame and then to death row, before it helps him to fulfill his ambition of becoming an astronaut.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sir John Osgood
Sir Anthony Silk
Miss Rapier
Gen. Ed Sheppard
Bruce Cook ...
Patrick Smash
Mrs. Smash
Mr. Smash
Placido P. Placeedo
John Higgins ...
Lillie Crossley ...
Denise, age 5
Sam Davies ...
Patrick, age 3


Patrick Smash (11) was born with two stomachs, and hence the uncontrollable 'talent' to produce ungodly farts. This soon drives his own dad away and makes his social life hell. His only friend is classmate Alan A. Allen, a prodigy genius, who has no sense of smell. Even Alan's invention Thunderpants, which renders Patrick's farts harmless, can't make his space travel dream realistic. However after the invention of an adaptation which turns it into flying fuel, Alan is recruited by the US space center. Patrick becomes word class tenor Sir John Osgood's secret high C farter. Their reunion is even more incredible. Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for ongoing crude humor, language, some violence and bullying | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 May 2002 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Plein gaz  »

Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£430,913 (UK) (24 May 2002)


£1,860,002 (UK) (28 June 2002)

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Did You Know?


For the filming of Patrick getting stripped to his vest and underwear in the playground, Bruce Cook's father stripped down to his own vest and underwear too. Just to make Bruce feel okay. See more »


Patrick Smash: It was the best day of my life... ever.
[repeated line]
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Spoofs 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »


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The most underrated film on IMDb by far.
14 October 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'Tis a shame how this film got such a pathetic rating on IMDb and ended up on the bottom 100. This film proves that fart humour is still as strong as it ever was, with its rich characters, hilarious situations and original script. Of course, it isn't going to win any Oscars, but it makes for a hell of a laugh, and you really get to know and care about Patrick in a really short space of time - it took 10 minutes for me to get interested in the film. None of the special effects are bad either - not even the outer space scenes are badly done. I don't really care what anybody else thinks - I think Thunderpants is a great British kid's film, that will entertain anyone. Of course, it is as predictable as hell, but which film isn't these days? At least it is understandable and not insulting, and actually carries a very important message that you should ruminate on after the film finishes.

This is fart humour at its very best, and should really be a high 6 or a low 7. So I say this to every IMDb voter - get Thunderpants off the bottom 100! 9/10

P.S. To everybody who gave this a 1 - I'd like to see you make your own films and see how bad they truly are before you mouth off about other people's work.

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