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FilmLean On Pete

Wednesday June 13th, 2018 at 9:20 PM


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Andrew Haigh, · USA · 2018 · 122 mins · 14A

Not some kid’s movie about a boy and his beloved horse, this is more like a road trip influenced slightly by The Grapes of Wrath. Granted, writer-director Andrew Haigh’s elegiac, gorgeously photographed and sometimes almost fantastical journey indeed has some of the characteristics of a sweet film about a boy who finds something special in a horse on the cusp of outliving his usefulness.

But as the film takes deeper and darker turns, it also becomes something special, something unflinchingly honest, something that will punch you in the gut AND touch your heart. Charlie Plummer is asked to carry this film (with the invaluable help of some of some first-rate supporting players), and he delivers brilliant work.

Plummer plays Charley, a 15-year-old kid who takes a liking to Pete, a game but aging quarter horse, and sees a chance to take care of someone in a manner in which he’s never been taken care of.
–Chicago Sun-Times

“Lean on Pete is a survivor’s movie.”
–Boston Globe
“Avoids mawkish melodrama, offering an empathetic yet clear-eyed portrayal of a young man at a crossroads that confirms Charley Plummer as a major talent.” –Rotten Tomatoes“Plummer’s understated intensity seizes our attention and holds it.” –Toronto Star