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The young lead actor who plays Charlie is quite good. The movie itself is so freaking depressing, though, that after yet another tragedy hits this young man's life, I had to turn it off. I am not adverse to stories about folks living downtrodden lives - at the moment I am reading Hillbilly Elegy. But, I am not a fan of Chloe Sevigny, either.
Charlie Plummer is very compelling as the teen who finds solace in the company of a race horse that he rescues. Recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby
You'll be disappointed if you expect, as we did, a feel-good story about a boy and his horse. Be forewarned [spoiler alert] that it's a mix of feel-good and where-the-hell-did-that-come-from "realism."
Something really annoyed me about this movie. But I guess I'm one of the few who disliked it. I've read some of Vlautin's novels and some of them were pretty good. Unfortunately I couldn't get into the casting or story line although many others did.
Heart-wrenching. Reading the book, one makes one's own pictures. Seeing the movie....
anti- North American dream, anti- Secretariat (great flik). Fast-forward to an hour:45 for something that gives you hope.
I probably made the mistake of watching the Special Features first. When I realized the ending I never watched the film. Despite fine acting & storyline, I just couldn't watch it. Quick return for others waiting.
I really liked this 'human study' piece. Not for those who want fast and intense; this is more ponderous. It follows Charlie a 15 year old boy on his journey into adolescence after his mother abandons him as a baby. He and his alcoholic- womanizing father survive. Can Charlie figure out how to thrive? Follow his tragic journey through homelessness and devastation to see if he gets that chance that we all hope for. The actor playing Charlie is mesmerizing in his portrayal of this young hero.
What to say about "Lean on Pete"? Below we have heart-warming, heart-breaking, and depressing. Take your pick from these! This reviewer found "Lean on Pete" a very watchable and down-to-earth story with down-to-earth people.
Great story and great acting, but a heart-breaker for sure. Some scenes are a bit gritty and would not be appropriate for younger children.
This adventure and drama movie is about a teenage boy who lives with his single father, and begins to take care of a horse named Pete. After learning that the horse is being sent for slaughter, he ventures out into the world to find a new place to call home and save the horse. The movie had some amazing casting, with actors that definitely made sense for their roles. I felt at times like some things were slow-paced or a little boring, but by the end of the film I was hooked. I would rate this movie 4.5/5 stars and recommend it to those who like heart warming movies. @The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
We really enjoyed this movie! It was very realistic acting by a very promising young actor.
With true grit, a decent young man fought the good fight to rid himself of his problems, to achieve a better life. Quite uplifting,
This movie is horrible! The most depressing movie I've ever seen, it just gets worst. They even kill the horse off. If you like really depressing movies, watch this.
A depressing movie that just gets more depressing as it goes along. Typical slice of life movie that people seem to love.
A well acted movie with a good storyline if you don’t examine it too much for some implausibility.
Lean on Pete is a horse the young boy uses to help himself through a terrible time in his life.
This is a well produced movie: directing, acting, script and sets. Charlie Plummer - who is not related to Christopher Plummer - is a name to keep track of for bigger things to come. This is his second movie I've watched and he's an excellent young actor. He was able to carry this movie.
This would be a good movie if you like drama.
I'd say all parties did well in selecting this novel for adaptation. I cared very much about the young protagonist here, on a quest and carrying the burden of decency. The author has been described as a poet of the impoverished, which seems to fit here. Much as I'd like to recommend it to young men, most would probably not thank me for it. Others will identify flaws. I like it just as it is.
(Almost) Lost in America
Set on the hard-scrabble, dry side of the Northwest Cascades, this is a perceptive, emotional journey from innocence to experience.
Charlie Plummer gives a restrained, deeply felt performance, supported by sharply etched performances from Steve Buscemi, Cloë Sevigny and Travis Fimmel.
The tension and suspense build almost to the breaking point, but the director never lets it turn into melodrama. The sweeping, poetic photography of the Oregon high desert conveys the emotional bond between boy and horse.