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.
High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.
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
Viggo Mortensen's red-patterned shirt that he's wearing in the funeral scene of Captain Fantastic is the same shirt he wore in the 1992 movie Indian Runner, of which snippets were used in the Bruce Springsteen music video for the song "Highway Patrolman" (1982). In the video, Mortensen plays the bad luck, no good brother of the highway patrolman. See more »
When the family visit Leslie's grave, there is already a tombstone in situ. In reality, a tombstone is usually not carved and erected until months after a burial. See more »
[family gathers around the slain deer]
Today, the boy is dead. And in his place... is a man.
[rips off a bloody bite of the offered morsel]
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Finally. A movie with creativity, originality, hope and ideals...
... that also entertains.
In a sea of sequels, prequels, universes and JJ Abrams remakes Hollywood indeed comes up with something that makes you think, laugh and cry. I enjoyed it and feel that there is some creativity left out there.
Good directing, good acting and really enjoyed the food for thought.
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