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Lean on Pete (2017)

R | | Adventure, Drama | 4 May 2018 (UK)
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A teenager gets a summer job working for a horse trainer and befriends the fading racehorse, Lean on Pete.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Charley
... Lynn
... Ray
... Del
Jason Beem ... Race Announcer
Tolo Tuitele ... Lynn's Husband
... Cop 1
Connor Brenes ... Cop 2
... Nurse
... Bonnie
Dennis Fitzpatrick ... Old Timer
Rusty Tennant ... Portland Downs Security Guard
... Ruby
... Mitch
... Dallas
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The film follows fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson. He wants a home, food on the table and a high school he can attend for more than part of the year. As the son of a single father working in warehouses across the Pacific Northwest, stability is hard to find. Hoping for a new start they move to Portland, Oregon where Charley takes a summer job, with a washed-up horse trainer, and befriends a failing racehorse named Lean on Pete.

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You Can't Get Anywhere On Your Own

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Rated R for language and brief violence | See all certifications »
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Opening Weekend USA:

$46,975, 8 April 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,163,056, 14 June 2018
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Early in the film, a deck of cards can be seen splayed on Charley's nightstand with a king and a jack on top side by side--deliberately placed, so it seems. This may be a reference to 2015's King Jack (2015), a similarly themed film which starred Charlie Plummer in the eponymous role. See more »

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Modern flat screen televisions are shown in at least 2 scenes, yet the film seems to be set in the 1990s, with old cell phones, pay phone, information operators, and older vehicles. See more »

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Ray: You know, I was a cook for two years once I dropped out of school.
Charley: Yeah, I know.
Ray: It's no way to live, though. Getting up at four every morning. Getting hit by grease all day. People complaining, orders backing up. It's no way to live.
Charley: Yeah, but you get free food?
Ray: Yeah, you get free food. But let me tell you, you end up hating food. But there are waitresses. Hm. You like waitresses, don't you?
Charley: Yeah, I guess.
Ray: The best women... have all been waitresses at some point. So, what have you learned?
Charley: ...
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Features Eisfieber (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Calling All Hearts
Performed by Sanford Clark
Courtesy of Fervor Records
Written by Charlene Harris and Jimmy Lloyd
By Arrangement with Secret Road
Published by Renda Music Inc.
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Not as good as Haigh's previous work
10 May 2018 | by See all my reviews

Fans of director Andrew Haigh will know his unassailable talent for what one might label unsentimental emotionalism; his films deal with intensely emotional situations without lapsing into Speilbergian fawnishness. And, although compared to the masterful 45 Years (2015), Lean on Pete is a touch melodramatic, Haigh's talent for allowing character and theme to rise organically to the surface through quiet moments of introspection is still very much to the fore. So why not a higher score? The biggest problem here is that things are laid on too thick; Charley (Charlie Plummer) is very much a Job figure, and suffers such a litany of misfortunes that one fully expects him to be diagnosed with terminal cancer. Similarly, the pseudo-allegorical nature of the characters Charley encounters is too on-the-nose for the realistic milieu Haigh has crafted. Part state-of-the-nation address, part bildungsroman, it's worth a look, but is ultimately lacking a satisfying thematic through-line.

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