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Captain Fantastic (2016)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 29 July 2016 (USA)
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In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent.

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Ben and Leslie Cash have long lived largely off the grid with their offspring - Bodevan, Kielyr, Vespyr, Rellian, Zaja and Nai - in a cabin in the mountains of Washington state. The parents have passed their ideals to their children, namely socialism (in its various forms) and survivalism. With the former, Ben considers most of western society as being fascist, especially corporate America. With the latter, he figures that no one will or should be there for you, so you better learn how to take care of yourself in all its aspects. As such, the children have been subject to vigorous physical training, know how to deal with minor bumps, bruises, cuts, sprains and even fractures, and know how to hunt, forage and grow their own food. The children are also non-registered home schooled, meaning that they have no official academic records. Ben and Leslie have tried to make the children critical thinkers, however within the context of their ideals. Beyond these issues, Ben and Leslie made the ... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for language and brief graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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$93,824 (USA) (10 July 2016)

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$5,875,006 (USA) (23 October 2016)
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One of the baby pictures taped to the school bus walls is of Viggo Mortensen's own son, Henry. See more »

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During the funeral scene, Dave and Harper (Steve Zahn and Kathryn Hahn) sit next to each other, and in between shots Dave's hand jumps from being behind Harper to holding her shoulder. See more »

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[first lines]
Ben: [family gathers around the slain deer] Today, the boy is dead. And in his place... is a man.
Bo: [rips off a bloody bite of the offered morsel]
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Featured in The 89th Annual Academy Awards (2017) See more »

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Boy 1904
Written by Jon Thor Birgisson and Alex Somers (as Alex Kendall Somers)
Performed by Jonsi & Alex
Courtesy of XL Recordings
By arrangement with Beggars Groups Media Limited
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Nuanced commentary on modern society
15 June 2016 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

Set against the beautiful Pacific Northwest backdrop, Captain Fantastic is easily one of the most nuanced films to come to mainstream cinema in the last few years. It's main plot addresses the struggle when everyone has the best intentions but not the same values. Additionally, the film makes honest and straightforward comments on controversial issues in today's society that are often taboo in the media such as mental illness, the hypocrisy of children's exposure to violence and sex, religion, and the flaws in the American education system. This sounds heavy and uncomfortable but these issues are paralleled in such a way that parts of the film had us in tears; from laughing so hard. Director Matt Ross says the project started as an exaggerated exploration of the difficult choices that must be made in regards to raising children in today's society. I think the film goes a step further and awakens an internal dialogue in each of it's viewers about the way that we live our own lives based on societal influences. Furthermore, the performances given by the perfectly arranged cast enhance your investment in the story in a way that will cause you to question what right and wrong really are when you're only trying to do your best and do what you think is best for those that you love.


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