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Lean on Pete | 2018 | R | - 3.5.10

A teen boy (Charlie Plummer) that lives with his father (Travis Fimmel), finds a job caring for quarter horses at a nearby track. When the horse he befriends loses one too many races, he undertakes a mission to save it. Also with Steve Zahn, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Amy Seimetz and Alison Elliott. Directed by Andrew Haigh. [2:01]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A teen boy listens at a door and we hear a woman giggling and a man's voice (it's the boy's father and a woman).
 A man asks his teenage son if he wants to have sex with a woman the father just had sex with. A man says that a woman, "Was smart for a stripper." A man tells his teen son that the woman he had sex with the night before is married. A man says, "The best women have all been waitresses at some point." A woman talks about a man being a pervert and describes his sexual proclivities. We see a sign in a store front that reads, "XXX Video."
 A woman wears a long tailed shirt with underwear while making breakfast for a man and his teenage son and we see part of the underwear along with her bare legs to the hips. A teen boy removes his clothes to wash them in a stranger's house and we see him wearing only boxers (his bare back is shown).


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A man forces a door open and attacks a man inside: we see a couple of punches land and hear glass breaking as the attacker runs away (we see the other man with a bloody abdominal wound and glass sticking out of it). A very drunk man attacks a teen boy and wrestles with him to get money from the boy; the man strikes a woman in the face when she tries to stop him, he steals the boy's money and throws him out of a trailer. A teen boy steals a tire iron from an abandoned car and uses it to hit the outside of a trailer, then hits the man inside the trailer in the leg and across the head (we see blood on his head) to retrieve stolen money. A man slams a teen boy into a glass door when the boy tries to leave a restaurant without paying (the police are called but the boy is allowed to leave).
 A horse walking with a teen boy in the desert at night is spooked by motorcycles on a nearby road, the horse breaks free of its lead and runs into the road where it is struck by a car; we see the horse thrown onto the hood and then on the ground where it whimpers and dies (we see bloody wounds) as the boy cries and hyperventilates.
 A teen boy's truck breaks down and he walks with his horse through the desert at night and then the next day. A teen boy steals a truck, a trailer and a horse and drives out of state. A teen boy steals a map and a bag of chips from a gas station. A teen boy siphons gas out of a car for his truck (he gets some gas in his mouth and spits it out, and then washes his mouth out in the bathroom). A teen boy runs from police after they say they are going to call family services in a few scenes. A teen boy sleeps in a tack room in a horse barn. A teen boy goes into a house, drinks water, removes his clothes and uses the washer to clean them. A teen boy walks along crowded city streets at night and sleeps behind a dumpster. A teen boy gets food at a homeless shelter.
 A man pounds loudly on a dinner table after another man mocks his own granddaughter. A doctor tells a teen boy that his father died from sepsis. We hear that a piece of glass cut a man's bowel and an infection seeped into his system. A man yells at a teen boy. A woman talks about injuries she incurred from jockeying horses; one left her with a broken pelvis and punctured lung and the other broke her back. We hear people yelling indistinctly from a neighboring house. A man tells a teen boy that he should wear boots while tending to horses or he will lose his toes. A man mocks his granddaughter and says, "If that girl gets any bigger." A man says, "I would have slit his throat." A man reprimands a teen boy for not having manners while eating. A teen boy talks about his father having left him alone for three days when the boy was 12. A teen boy asks if it's true that a man runs his horses into the ground. A man teases a woman jockey and says that she is too fat to be a real jockey. A man says, "If I had a gun, I'd shoot him myself," talking about a horse. A man talks about a friend losing both his legs and getting a concussion so severe that he couldn't speak. A man talks about seeing a truck blow up (in Afghanistan) and a girl in the truck was cut in half. A man tells a boy that he'll get raped and murdered if he stays on the street. A teen boy talks about having nightmares. A teen boy cries about the death of his father and a horse.
 A teen boy cleans horse dung out of a trailer and piles it into a large pile of dung in a barn. A teen boy mucks stalls at a horse barn. A teen boy says that he keeps his cereal in the refrigerator because there are roaches in their house. Two men burp loudly after drinking beers.


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LANGUAGE 10 - About 52 F-words and its derivatives, 20 scatological terms, 5 anatomical terms, 6 mild obscenities, name-calling (hot shot, pervert, pig, a real piece, junkies, moodiest person ever, mean, suspicious, stubborn, ugly, too fat), exclamations (jeez), 5 religious profanities (GD), 3 religious exclamations (e.g. I Swear To God, Jesus Christ).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man squirts a syringe of what he says are vitamins into a horse's mouth before a race, a woman says that horses are tested for drugs after races, a person is referred to as liking to party too much, and a man in a hospital appears to be on sedatives. A man is very drunk and a woman helps him into bed before he passes out, a man drinks from a bottle of beer in several scenes, a man drinks a beer in a bar and other men and women are shown holding and drinking beer and other alcohol, a man drinks a beer in a hotel room, three men and a teen boy drink beers outside a trailer, and a beer bottle and a pack of cigarettes are shown on a table in a home. A man smokes a cigarette.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Parenting, abandonment, quarter horses, death of a parent, women jockeys, being stuck in a situation.

MESSAGE - Everyone needs family.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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