Thunderpants (review)

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Oh, dear. It’s an entire movie about farts. That it isn’t totally unbearable to those over the age of eight is a miracle. Patrick (Bruce Cook: Nicholas Nickleby) can’t stop breaking wind… ever, which rather limits his grade-school friendships until he meets Alan (Rupert Grint, aka Harry Potter’s Ron Weasley), who lacks a sense of smell but makes up for his with a genius that can transforms Patrick’s, er, handicap into a gift. I won’t spoil it for you, so let’s just say that if you’ve ever dreamed of being an astronaut but were afraid you couldn’t make the cut, well: talk to Patrick and Alan. Cowriter/director Pete Hewitt (The Borrowers) brings some wit to the visuals — this, ahem, cheeky tale exists in a pseudo-60s realm of funky design and off-kilter colors — and I got a laugh out of Paul Giamatti (Lady in the Water) as a mysterious government agent. Still: it’s an entire movie about farts. Bonuses include deleted scenes, audio commentary by the filmmakers, “The Official Fart Thesaurus,” and more. [buy at Amazon]

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