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Thunderpants (2002)

PG | | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi | 24 May 2002 (UK)
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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Sir John Osgood
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Sir Anthony Silk
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Miss Rapier
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Gen. Ed Sheppard
Bruce Cook ...
Patrick Smash
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Mrs. Smash
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Mr. Smash
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Placido P. Placeedo
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Doctor
John Higgins ...
Paediatrician
Lillie Crossley ...
Denise, age 5
Sam Davies ...
Patrick, age 3
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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

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

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24 May 2002 (UK)  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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£430,913 (UK) (24 May 2002)
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When Patrick's mum is giving birth to him, Patrick's sister is reading "The Borrowers". Peter Hewitt directed the film adaptation. See more »

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Gen. Ed Sheppard: Who gave you ladies permission to blubber?
Gen. Ed Sheppard: Now let's blow ass!
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Spoofs The Right Stuff (1983) See more »

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Also Sprach Zarathustra
Written by Richard Strauss
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Warning - Thunderpants is a silly comedy about a boy who farts a lot!
7 October 2013 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

I honestly don't understand the negative reviews of this film. The film is silly, the acting is over the top, the entire premise of the film is that a boy farts a lot - how can anyone expect that it should be seen as anything serious?

I think that the movie is funny - silly, yes, but still funny. It is also touching, and actually has a quite heartwarming story about friendship, about being special, and about turning your uniqueness from a weakness into a strength. It is also a critique of adults, and their tendency to lie, cheat and misrepresent everything for their own gain. There is a small scene set in a courtroom, where a metallurgist is pressed to express opinions beyond his professional knowledge, and to me it conveys how everything in the adult world is about politics and power, rather than about friendship and respect as in the children's' world.

I also find it interesting that just as the main character describes every experience as either "the worst day of my life, ever" or "the best day of my life, ever" - the reviewers seem to think that this is the worst piece of film, ever - or the best ever.

It may not be the best film ever, but it is great fun, nice for an afternoon's laugh, and just so plain silly that you can't but smile at every single scene or character.

Enjoy!


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