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Lean On Pete

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Andrew Haigh

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About the Movie

From acclaimed filmmaker Andrew Haigh (Weekend, 45 Years), and based on the beloved novel by Willy Vlautin, comes Lean on Pete—a deeply moving story about love, loneliness, family, and friendship, told through the unique prism of one boy’s connection to a very special racehorse. Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer) arrives in Portland, Oregon with his single father Ray (Travis Fimmel), both eager for a fresh start after a series of hard knocks. While Ray descends into personal turmoil, Charley finds acceptance and camaraderie at a local racetrack where he lands a job caring for an aging Quarterhorse named Lean On Pete. The horse's gruff owner Del Montgomery (Steve Buscemi) and his seasoned jockey Bonnie (Chloë Sevigny) help Charley fill the void of his father's absence—until he discovers that Pete is bound for slaughter, prompting him to take extreme measures to spare his new friend’s life. Charley and Pete head out into the great unknown, embarking on an odyssey across the new American frontier in search of a loving aunt Charley hasn’t seen in years. They experience adventure and heartbreak in equal measure, but never lose their irrepressible hope and resiliency as they pursue their dream of finding a place they can call home. Featuring an incredible breakout turn by Charlie Plummer (The Dinner, King Jack, All The Money in the World) and memorable supporting work by indie stalwarts Buscemi, Sevigny and Steve Zahn, Lean on Pete is a compassionate and heartrending look at the desire for love, family, and acceptance that drives all of us.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 132
  • Fresh: 121
  • Rotten: 11
  • Average Rating: 7.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: This is a tough movie to shake, and while it believes in the kindness of strangers, "Lean on Pete" never forgets every other human failing, impulse and circumstance. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Apr 12, 2018

Fresh: What sustains the movie - and Charley, and the audience - is its faith in the essential innocence of people, even as Haigh looks coolly at the damage they've suffered and the damage they inflict. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Apr 12, 2018

Fresh: The words in his new film are pungent in themselves, but they're given greater power by Mr. Plummer's remarkable performance. – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, Apr 12, 2018

Fresh: At the center of this oddly riveting little picaresque is a performance of such quiet power by Plummer - as an antihero both rash and precociously resourceful - that it's easy to overlook the film's flaws. – Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, Apr 11, 2018

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Customer Reviews


Welcome to despair = Not a feel good movie.

Raw and real

Plummer’s performance is stunning!

Feel good movie

The end is great. Acting is surprisingly good.

Lean On Pete
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2018

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