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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.

Director:

Peter Hewitt (as Pete Hewitt)

Writers:

Peter Hewitt (story) (as Pete Hewitt), Phil Hughes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Callow ... Sir John Osgood
Stephen Fry ... Sir Anthony Silk
Celia Imrie ... Miss Rapier
Paul Giamatti ... Johnson J. Johnson
Ned Beatty ... Gen. Ed Sheppard
Bruce Cook Bruce Cook ... Patrick Smash
Rupert Grint ... Alan A. Allen
Bronagh Gallagher ... Mrs. Smash
Victor McGuire ... Mr. Smash
Adam Godley ... Placido P. Placeedo
Leslie Phillips ... Judge
Robert Hardy ... Doctor
John Higgins John Higgins ... Paediatrician
Lillie Crossley Lillie Crossley ... Denise, age 5
Sam Davies Sam Davies ... Patrick, age 3
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Storyline

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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Genres:

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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Country:

UK | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 2002 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Plein gaz See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£430,913 (United Kingdom), 26 May 2002, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Every car on Patrick's housing estate appears to be a green Mini Minor. See more »

Quotes

Gen. Ed Sheppard: You've got a heart of gold. You've got the constitution of an ox. And you've got pants... of thunder.
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References Ghostbusters (1984) See more »

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Going All the Way
Written by R. Davis / M. Ankelius / H. Anderson
Performed by allStars
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Warning - Thunderpants is a silly comedy about a boy who farts a lot!
7 October 2013 | by Peter LindSee 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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