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Thunderpants

This entry to the pantheon of farting films comes from Brit director Hewitt, of Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey and The Borrowers fame. It's a peculiarly quaint comedy with transatlantic ambition, which launches its schoolboy heroes from Home Counties capers to Cape Canaveral flights of fancy - all, of course, fuelled by flatulence. Gawky ten-year-old Patrick Smash (Cook) is an aspiring astronaut whose double-stomach feeds the zephyr arse which causes him such embarrassment and ostracism at school. Grint is the half-pint Barnes Wallis, a bespectacled boffin with a creepy liking for HG Wells-era iron and leather contraptions, who harnesses Patrick's bottom to power a craft in a village fair, man-powered air flight competition. Next stop, the stars? As a kids' movie overplaying its 'triumph over adversity' metaphor, this takes the biscuit. All the Heath Robinson business in council estate sheds has the naughty earnestness of Beezer comic strips of old.

Release details

Duration: 87 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Pete Hewitt
Screenwriter: Phil Hughes
Cast: Simon Callow
Stephen Fry
Celia Imrie
Paul Giamatti
Ned Beatty
Bruce Cook
Rupert Grint
Bronagh Gallagher
Victor McGuire
Leslie Phillips
Robert Hardy
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