Double crosses, adultery, murder, mistaken identity, and revenge ensue when a mysterious power player and his sultry wife hire a disgraced Los Angeles property broker to discreetly market and sell their Malibu villa.
Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corpsman Larry "Doc" Shepherd re-unites with his old buddies, former Marines Sal Nealon and Reverend Richard Mueller, to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War.
A woman returns to her Orthodox Jewish community that shunned her for her attraction to a female childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality.
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.
There is an actual race horse called Lean On Pete, registered in Ireland. See more »
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 »
You know, I was a cook for two years once I dropped out of school.
Yeah, I know.
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.
Yeah, but you get free food?
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?
Yeah, I guess.
The best women... have all been waitresses at some point. So, what have you learned?
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If anyone sees an advertisement for Lean On Pete and thinks they're going to
see some boy and a horse story like TV's Fury or National Velvet put that out
of your mind. This is a touching story about a kid growing up in the Pacific
Northwest with a single father who gets a summer job working for a horse
trainer and it's filled with pathos and tragedy.
Charlie Plummer gives a beautiful performance as the sensitive 15 year old who
gets a job with Steve Buscemi a horse trainer who has seen better days. Buscemi
is working the quarter horse county fair circuit and he has a couple of horses who also have seen better days.
Buscemi makes it clear from the gitgo that this is a business for him and jockey
Chloe Sevigny tries to give him good advice that this is a business and not to get attached to the horses and think of them as pets. But Buscemi's horse
named Lean On Pete gets attached to young Plummer and vice versa. He
steals the horse to prevent him from a final trip to the glue factory. It's
quite the odyssey the boy and horse have.
The vistas of the Pacific Northwest are beautifully captured and the casting is
exquisitely perfect in the role. But in a carefully controlled and beautiful
performance Charlie Plummer conveys so much emotion. All he wants is a life
of some stability and something or someone to love. Simple things a lot of
us take for granted and some of us are cursed never to have.
Lean On Pete is a real sleeper of a movie and should have gotten more recognition than it did. I defy anyone to watch this and have a dry eye when
finished. Simple and hauntingly beautiful.
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