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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)  »

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Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£430,913 (UK) (24 May 2002)

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Quite Possibly the Worst Movie Ever.
31 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was actually the worst movie I've ever seen in my life. I watched it when I was, like, 11, so it's not like I was expecting sophisticated, polished comedy. It was just absolute sh**, and the more I thought about it, the more I hated it. I don't know exactly why, but it made me sick to the stomach, and it had nothing to do with the excessive flatulence. I'm typically a huge fan of really bad comedy (e.g., the Scary Movie franchise) and movies that are so bad, they're good, but this was just sh**. I don't know why the hell an actor like Rupert Grint would decide to do this as a side project between Harry Potter installments, but it kind of pisses me off that he did because his presence was the main reason I wanted to see the movie in the first place. Anyone who gave this film above a three-star rating is dead to me.

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