Forgotten Action Cinema: Thunderpants

How anyone on God’s greenish earth could despise a motion picture built solely around a child who cannot stop farting is simply beyond my limited means of comprehension. Apparently a lot of people do, as “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey” director Peter Hewitt’s underrated 2002 butt blasting action classic “Thunderpants” currently holds a particularly awful score over at Internet Movie Database. Naturally, one must approach such a crude, uncouth comedy with their absurdity cap pulled snugly around their otherwise discerning craniums, especially if they hope to see those precious end credits roll. Thankfully, when the relentless adolescent flatulence becomes too much to endure, you still have Rupert “Don’t Call Me Ron” Grint and an out-of-place Paul Giamatti to keep you company for the duration. But let’s be brutally honest with ourselves for a moment: “Thunderpants” isn’t high art, and it’s definitely not going to appeal to uptight parents who involuntarily bristle whenever their child’s best friend breaks wind at the dinner table. Truth be told, this is one of the worst examples of low-brow humor currently captured on film, but for some unknown reason, it amused the blue cheese out of me. To put it in layman’s terms, “Thunderpants” is thoroughly and utterly badass. This one is more overlooked than forgotten, but it’s worth mentioning, so there you go. Take a look at the trailer below if you’re curious to learn more.