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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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Matt Ross

Writer:

Matt Ross
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Viggo Mortensen ... Ben
George MacKay ... Bodevan
Samantha Isler ... Kielyr
Annalise Basso ... Vespyr
Nicholas Hamilton ... Rellian
Shree Crooks ... Zaja
Charlie Shotwell ... Nai
Trin Miller ... Leslie
Kathryn Hahn ... Harper
Steve Zahn ... Dave
Elijah Stevenson ... Justin
Teddy Van Ee ... Jackson
Erin Moriarty ... Claire
Missi Pyle ... Ellen
Frank Langella ... Jack
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Ben and Leslie Cash live 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 socialist and survivalist ideals to their children. Ben considers most of Western society to be fascist, especially corporate America. He also believes that no one will or should be there for you, so you'd better learn how to take care of yourself. 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 decision to live this lifestyle for Leslie's health. Formerly an attorney, Leslie was... Written by Huggo

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Americans are over medicated and under educated See more »

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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The alternative lifestyle of the family seems very realistic in the film - this is actually a detail Viggo Mortenson especially paid attention to and questioned Matt Ross to make sure all the living components were accurate. Luckily for Matt Ross, he actually drew on his own childhood growing up with an alternative off-grid lifestyle in the Pacific Northwest, not at all dissimilar from that in the film. See more »

Goofs

The college acceptance letters that Bo receives in July 2015 all invite him to join the Class of 2016. Assuming he applied to start college in the Fall of 2015, there are two obvious errors with these letters. First, Ivy League-type colleges usually accept students in late-March or early-April, so receiving letters in July is unlikely. Second, even if the timing wasn't a problem, the Class identified in the letters is wrong; Bo would be in the Class of 2019 if he started in the Fall of 2015. See more »

Quotes

[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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References Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) See more »

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One Day When Heaven Was Filled with His Praises
Traditional
Lyrics by J. Wilbur Chapman
Performed by George MacKay, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso, Nicholas Hamilton, Shree Crooks and Charlie Shotwell
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Nuanced commentary on modern society
15 June 2016 | by veloskiwSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Esperanto

Release Date:

29 July 2016 (USA) See more »

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Washington State, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$93,824, 10 July 2016

Gross USA:

$5,879,835

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,787,526
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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