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)


£1,860,002 (UK) (28 June 2002)

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Amazing Reviews
9 September 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Great film..made for kids of a certain age.

Maybe it should have been "re-branded" as Thunder Fanny in the US to avoid any misunderstanding that the film is primarily about fart.

I am quite amused by how serious and this film has bee watched and how earnestly it has been reviewed. There are numerous reviews that have given it 1 star with the title "I couldn't stop laughing" and went on to justify the mark with "but because the film was so had constant repetitive fart references"

but my favourite is this little Gem

"Typical British though and basically typically European and other non American countries to have a "comedy" which has more sadness and brutality in it than anything funny. I do not recommend this film at all"

It reminds me of when my 3 year old got upset at the beginning of Ice Age because the squirrel couldn't get his nut!

In summary...

Not a Classic, not a joyous exploration into the dreams and aspirations of 8-12 year old..Just a funny film about Farting

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