Forgotten Action Cinema: Thunderpants

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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.

Author: Todd Rigney

Todd was raised on a steady diet of Hollywood blockbusters, late-night Cinemax programming, and USA’s “Up All Night,” which may explain why his taste in movies is more than a little questionable. When he isn’t providing news and reviews for Beyond Hollywood, he can be found lounging lazily on his couch, perched in front of his television, or dwelling in places where direct sunlight can be easily avoided. He's happily married, in his 30's, and totally badass. If you'd like to reach Todd, you can follow him on Twitter or send him email/scoops to todd (at)
  • Allen Sorensen

    I actually saw this movie. Totally off the wall. I love how Ron Weasly is some major kid scientist at the end. It’s kind of one of those gay tension type movies where the two guys long to be with each other, but have a falling out, then make out…er…up in the end.