IN SHORT: A boy who cannot stop farting learns to channel his problem constructively, eventually powering a hovercraft and even a space rocket with his farts.
No, seriously. That’s what the movie is about. I am not making this up.
WHAT IT IS: Full of fart jokes. Well, what did you expect? The movie is mildly crude, over-the-top, corny, and at times even touching.
WHAT IT IS NOT: If you’re looking for a sophisticated movie that takes itself seriously, go elsewhere. We’ve got a rocket launched into space with fart power. Just turn around, walk away, and don’t look back.
WHAT I THOUGHT: With source material like his, the humor is going to be a matter of personal taste. Your mileage may vary from mine. Some people are going to be in stitches. Others will think it’s the dumbest movie ever, which is actually a disservice, because there is a decent story underneath the noxious cloud of fart jokes.
At its core, Thunderpants is really a tale of a boy who has a problem and learns to make the most of it. At this level, it works very well as a kids’ movie. It’s kind of like “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” only with farts. Lots and lots of farts.
So, I guess it’s “When life gives you farts, make rocket fuel?”
Despite the source material (or perhaps because of it) I found the movie genuinely funny. I had half-expected the movie to try too hard, and true, some scenes do fall flat, but I was laughing through most of the movie.
I have a feeling this says more about my sense of humor than it does about the movie, but well, there it is.
The movie also has a very young Rupert Grint in it from Harry Potter fame playing a young and enthusiastic inventor who, fortunately, has no sense of smell. His performance is delightfully over-the-top, and it fits the tone of the movie very well.
At the end of the day, what can I say? I enjoyed the movie. It’s not a diamond in the rough, but it is a good laugh.