Blu-ray Review: LEAN ON PETE

LEAN ON PETE is based on the novel “Lean on Pete” by Willy Vlautin. The movie was written and directed by Andrew Haigh and stars Charlie Plummer, Chloë Sevigny, Alison Elliott, Travis Fimmel, Amy Seimetz, Rachael Perrell Fosket, Steve Zahn and Steve Buscemi.

Fifteen-year-old Charley (Charlie Plummer) finds acceptance and camaraderie at a local racetrack where he lands a job caring for an aging Quarter Horse 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 absent father. But when Charley discovers that Pete is bound for slaughter, he takes extreme measures to save him, as Charley and Pete embark on an unforgettable odyssey to find a place they can call home.

This coming-of-age journey follows Charley, a good kid with a big heart who ends up getting a summer job helping Del with his horses and he ends up bonding with Lean on Pete. Tragedy suddenly strikes the teen personally and after that Del lets him know that he’s selling the horse so  the kid decides to run away and take the horse with him. Charley takes Pete on a search for his Aunt Margy but finding her is the hard part because she didn’t get along well with his father because she didn’t agree with the unstable lifestyle Charley was being raised up in.

The teenager makes a few stops along the way and in desperation he also makes some bad decisions that gets him in trouble on a few occasions. He’d already stolen Del’s truck and trailer and when it breaks down, Charley and Lean on Pete start walking but unfortunately more tragedy strikes the teenager whose journey takes a dark and dangerous turn. He peserveres and finally finds his Aunt Margy who takes him in and shows Charley that life can be better than what he’s been used to. In the end, Charley finally finds a loving home that he deserves.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc is medium blue and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Lean on Pete ended up being a touching coming-of-age adventure about this teenager who didn’t come from a stable home and really didn’t know how to handle the tragedies that were dealt upon him. Even with everything he’s been through, Charley is still a good kid and you can’t help but cheer for him because you want to see him make it and in the end he finally gets the chance he so rightfully deserves when he finally finds his aunt. I really like the story and thought the cast did a nice job with their characters. Charlie Plummer delivers a powerful performance and he’s complimented by a great supporting cast. Andrew Haigh was able to capture this emotional journey this teenager and horse go on together that also shows a side of ths country we don’t normally get to see. The movie does have an R-rating because of one violent scene so it might not be a suitable watch for the younger audience.  Lean on Pete will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital) on July 10th.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 122 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: 

  • “Searching for Home: Making Lean on Pete” Featurette (27:34)
  • Digital HD Copy



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