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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

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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Storyline

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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He Prepared Them For Everything Except The Outside World See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Esperanto

Release Date:

29 July 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Captain Fantastic See more »

Filming Locations:

Washington State, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$93,824, 10 July 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,875,006, 23 October 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,997,061, 4 August 2016
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During several parts of the movie, Viggo Mortensen's character is seen drinking Mate, a traditional South American beverage. The actor lived in Argentina many years, so this is probably a nod to his own past there. Mate is also known in Middle-East Lebanon and Syria. See more »

Goofs

When Kielyr is about to shoot the sheep with her bow and arrow, she has the arrow on the inside of the bow, so that the arrow is between her and the bow. It should be on the outside of the bow, so that the bow is between her and the arrow. 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 Titanic (1997) See more »

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Musetta's Waltz
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This is a movie for every generation. It needs to be noticed, it deserves to be talked about, and discussed.
17 August 2016 | by Ognjen JanicSee all my reviews

Aesthetically on high-level, questioning the most important points of human life and importance of verbal, mental, physical, social, emotional development and the inability of developing them all on the same level. There are so many factors that influence one's development. And there is space for many mistakes.

High quality acting. Viggo Mortensen gives one of his best performances, a devoted father that wants only the best for his kids, an authority, a leader, a teacher, loving, loyal husband, a grieving human with tough, determined, honest attitude he transmits to his children. Kids, from the youngest to the oldest, act with such naturalness that you simply dive in this masterfully-made journey.

Film doesn't show how one should live and not live because both sides are flawed. Internal and external conflicts make you question the reality of the present, giving you space to find your own balance of how one should live.

I personally started thinking of how there is a massive space for improvement in every field of our lives. An example is school. And how devastating it is that one could neglect the knowledge at that extant. Kids need to be inspired and motivated to learn. And more important is that they have to build inner-motivation that will make them interested and ambitious as they improve the world around them. And of course kids can't be accused for not wanting to learn if the teachers don't show them how and why to love their subject. And of course parents to support them.

This (above) is just one point of where this movie has taken my entranced mind.

This is a movie for every generation. It needs to be noticed, it deserves to be talked about, and discussed. Because that is the point of Captain Fantastic.


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