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The family-oriented comedy Thunderpants, directed by Peter Hewitt, concerns an unfortunate ten-year-old who suffers from nearly incessant intestinal gas issues. Patrick Smash (Bruce Cook) is shunned by much of his family and his classmates because of the unpleasant odors that are forever emanating from him. Only his nerdy friend Alan A. Allen (Rupert Grint), who has no sense of smell, will help Patrick in his goal to become an astronaut. Eventually, Patrick becomes involved with representatives of the United States space program, as well as an opera singer (Simon Callow) who needs Patrick to "play" an exact note at a perfect moment. Ned Beatty and Stephen Fry round out the cast of this quirky comedy. Thunderpants was screened at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.


Bruce Cook
as Patrick Smash
Rupert Grint
as Allen A. Allen
Stephen Fry
as Sir Anthony Silk
Simon Callow
as Sir John Osgood
Celia Imrie
as Miss Rapier
Paul Giamatti
as Johnson J. Johnson
Ned Beatty
as Gen. Ed Sheppard
Victor McGuire
as Mr. Smash
Adam Godley
as Placido P. Placeedo
Anna Popplewell
as Denise Smash
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Critic Reviews for Thunderpants

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

  • Farting is the equaliser of the world, as we know, but as a subject for film, farting offers many traps. Less so, however, if the film is honest and is aimed at a smart audience of 8 - 12 year olds, who understand the true humanising value of a fart.

    Dec 8, 2002 | Full Review…
  • This movie should be shown in prisons so that inmates have a good reason to never return.

    May 28, 2002 | Rating: 0.5/4

Audience Reviews for Thunderpants

  • Feb 23, 2010
    Typical kid's movie. what else should I say?
    Cita W Super Reviewer
  • May 01, 2009
    A British family film about a boy with flatulence issues who wants to be an astronaut shouldn't have even been greenlit. Thankfully, it was and someone who saw the heart of the movie took control. The core of this film is about an outcast with a seemingly impossible dream who never gives up. It does slip in the middle where the plot goes off on an unnecessary tangent, but it pulls itself back together for the ending. A charming little film - but I have no idea why everyone dresses in green...
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 13, 2009
    Starts off with the birth - Baby was born with a hell of a lot of hair! The farting problem is apparent from the off-set. Patrick has one friend that sticks by him, Alan. Rupert Grint is a nerdy curly haired kid. Cute though. It's a stupid film. Unless of course you are 12 years old.
    Terri H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 11, 2008
    A charming childrens' movie about a boy with farting issues. If you have a problem with your kids hearing ass or damn you may want to skip it because both words are used frequently in this film.
    FanGirl B Super Reviewer

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