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Thunderpants (2002)

Ned Beatty , Stephen Fry , Peter Hewitt  |  PG |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ned Beatty, Stephen Fry, Bronagh Gallagher, Paul Giamatti, Robert Hardy
  • Directors: Peter Hewitt
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: The Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: July 10, 2007
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P6R9LM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,435 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a gas! July 26, 2007
The ultimate frat party or cult film - "Thunderpants" is quickly gaining steam as the new "Airplane!" or "Rocky Horror Picture Show." I was blown away by the production values and cast considering the puerile subject matter, while repeat viewings reveal the humor to be much more nuanced than just some cheap fart jokes. And although he only has a supporting role, Rupert Grint absolutely deserves top billing. His delivery is so over-the-top it's like the rest of the cast is speaking in monotone. He doesn't just deserve an Oscar, but a Nobel Prize. Best performance ever!

Note that the domestic U.S. release shows a shorter running time than the previous Canadian import, but the film is in fact complete (the import simply counted the supplemental material in the run time). This is a delightfully cheesy film, and it would be unfortunate to cut one, let alone nine, minutes from it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Equal Measures Of Cabbage, Opera, And Apollo August 5, 2005
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This is the only film I am familiar with that dwells on the subject of a boy with two stomachs and a rather unseemly capability that allows him to not only travel the world as an opera "singer," (please don't ask) but also allows him the ability to fly into space atop the world's first self-propelled rocket.

Right off the bat, I think I should advise that this film was purchased as a gift (it is probably most suited to pre-adolescent boys), but given the oddity of the subject matter, I decided to preview it (to make sure it was a suitable gift for the age range I was buying for, and admittedly out of somewhat morbid curiosity.) As others have mentioned, this is absolutely a one-joke movie, and it wears thin after a short while, yet the pre-teen market will love it. Some of the cast members are very interesting, particularly Stephen Fry as a prosecutor, Simon Callow as an underhanded opera singer, and Ned Beatty as the General in charge of the space program.

The DVD features some extras including two promotional trailers, a very brief "making of" short, and one of the worst music videos I have ever seen.

Kids will love this odorous comedy, while adults will more likely roll their eyes and leave the room. The movie is no masterwork, but taken for what it is it succeeds as harmless entertainment.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thunderpants August 31, 2007
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Finnaly, a movie that all boys can and will relate to! My entire family laughed hysterically while at the same time learning to look at diversity in a whole new light. This film should be required curriculum for all 5th, 6th and 7th grade boys. Lets hope that filmakers agree and produce more great films for our guys!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars May the Farts Be With You July 30, 2010
Thunderpants is juvenile, contrived, hokey, crude, and silly. In short it's the kind of movie I can sink my teeth into, a movie dear to the heart of any and all tooters. With a cut rate price on the sticker, the Thunderpants DVD on sale at a local bargain store was irresistible. I can only imagine how many times the director yelled CUT in the making of this movie.

Yes, many of the characters are wooden stereotypes, and Ned Beatty is over the top, but they all play well and have fun with their parts. I enjoyed the uplifting storyline of bullied boy becomes hero, the cutthroat rivalry between the two opera singers, and the ingenious and riotous use of repetitive tags throughout the film.

After many travails, little Mr. Smash wearing the same striped shirt all through the film, finally attains his goal of becoming a gastronaut and a hero to boot. This uplifting story ends on a high note and with the fart propulsion employed by the main character gives new meaning to the term "air force."
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roll of Laughter! February 3, 2005
I've wanted to purchase this movie for quite some time now, mainly because I'm a fan of Rupert Grint's. This DVD was never available on until recently- I purchased mine off of, where it cost around 10 Canadian dollars. I payed 20 total for shipping- Buy it from, don't pay $36 for it here!

Anyway, the film is ridiculously funny- the humor is unusual, but at the same time, it is captivating. Kids will love it, parents will too. It's a great family film- even if you've got problems, you can find a way to overcome your feelings and learn to work with your problems.

Within the first weekend of owning the film, I watched it four times- that's how entertaining it is to me.

The only thing that may concern parents is the small amount of profanity . . . when the Americans come to scene! Also, the British slang word "arse" is used to refer to one's rear-end in the film. This is not a curse word, but when the actors say it(in their English accent) it sounds like the "donkey" word.

I would recommend this film, though I cannot say for sure if it will be worth your money to see it. It's one of those movies that you either will love or hate very much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seems like it was made on a dare September 25, 2008
By Yosuta
This film features Harry Potter's Rupert Grint in a supporting role as Alan A. Allen, a young inventor who helps bullied outcast classmate Patrick Smash (Bruce Cook) put his flatulance problem to good use by using it to power a hovercraft. This starts Patrick on a strange path to realizing his new dream of using his gas to become an astronaut. There are several amusing detours along the way, like when he is recruited by an opera singer to fart the high notes, before Alan and Patrick team up to create a gas powered rocket to save a marooned spacecraft from the (fictionalized) U.S. space program. What makes this film so entertaining are the strong performances (including straight-faced turns from Paul Giamatti and Ned Beatty) and high production values that display an odd, endearing respect for such silly material.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Movie
This is a cute movie. Don't hesitate to buy it.
Published 24 days ago by Susanne Ignatchik
1.0 out of 5 stars Total stinker.
In my universe, there is nothing funnier than a well-timed fart. So, needless to say, I was looking forward to this movie. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bob Marley
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, with one exception
O.K., I grew up watching a lot of British humor and with three older brothers who warped me at an early age into appreciating flatulent humor. Read more
Published 7 months ago by JL
3.0 out of 5 stars Quirky movie turns out ok
cute movie but best bought in the batgin bin. Relys too much on the n Wheezley from Harry Potter to make it sell. Otherwise it would just sit on the shelf. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ralph A. Linder Jr.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a waste of money or time...but not a riot, either.
I like juvenile poop and fart humor as much as the next guy, but I think this film may have gone a bit over the top and finally made me feel immature for watching it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by J. Szulecki
3.0 out of 5 stars movie
I am very interested in the movies that Rupert Grint plays a part of to enhanced his future outside Harry Potter. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mary Draeger
5.0 out of 5 stars Far out!
Excellent, polite customer service and very speedy processing. This product received is exactly as pictured. I am pleased. Will order again from these nice people.
Published 20 months ago by bryan kendall
5.0 out of 5 stars Silly but Fun
I bought this movie for my 11 year old daughter, who is a big Rupert Grint fan because of Harry Potter movies. I surprised her with it. Read more
Published on September 13, 2011 by Mommy Laura
1.0 out of 5 stars Abyssmal
Rupert Grint apparently did a good job delivering what the the film's director and producers wanted. Read more
Published on April 21, 2011 by Chris Anton
4.0 out of 5 stars Hysterical!!!
Great kids movie! Rupert Grint is so funny in this movie. It is pre-Potter, so you really get a treat as to how talented Rupert Grint is!!! Read more
Published on April 8, 2011 by Jaci
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