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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
... Johnson J. Johnson
... Gen. Ed Sheppard
Bruce Cook ... Patrick Smash
... Alan A. Allen
... Mrs. Smash
... Mr. Smash
... Placido P. Placeedo
... Judge
... Doctor
John Higgins ... Paediatrician
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 (United Kingdom), 26 May 2002, Limited Release
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Did You Know?


There are 50 farts in the movie. See more »


Patrick Smash: All right, then.
[repeated line]
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Spoofs The Right Stuff (1983) See more »


Going All the Way
Written by R. Davis / M. Ankelius / H. Anderson
Performed by allStars
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severely misunderstood
12 July 2011 | by See all my reviews

this movie is called thunderpants. it is about someone who breaks wind a lot. and yet many people seem to only see a boy continually breaking wind.

the fact is, this movie has been misunderstood by most people. where they see a ridiculous and unrealistic story, I see a quirky, silly, and surprisingly un-fart-related tale of a boy trying to find his friend and them both fulfilling their ambitions. it does not show a story solely about flatulence; it uses flatulence as a basis for telling the story of the two best friends.

the acting is second rate, the plot is suitably silly, and I love the 'green theme' that is shown throughout. At some parts, it is actually very sad (but surprisingly, these seem to have been ignored by most people).

in my opinion, it tells the story really rather well. it doesn't take itself too seriously, it has some very big names in it, and it's really a shame that no-one seems to get it.


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