Lean On Pete

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Date: Jun 8 - Jun 14
Venue: Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center
Location: 313 N. 13th Street
Time: Showtimes for the upcoming week are published on Tuesdays. Please check back for additional times as they are added.
Phone: (402) 472-5353

Featuring an incredible breakout turn by Charlie Plummer (The Dinner; King Jack; Ridley Scott’s forthcoming All The Money in the World) and memorable supporting work by indie stalwarts Steve Buscemi, Chloé Sevigny and Steve Zahn, LEAN ON PETE is a compassionate and heartrending look at the desire for love, family, and acceptance that drives all of us opening at The Ross on Friday, June 8. By the end, in its painstakingly observational way, LEAN ON PETE had devastated me twice and hung me there in a state of tense uncertainty for thirty or forty minutes. –Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice A very fine movie that I haven't stopped thinking about since I saw it, partly because stories about forgotten and mistreated children tend to be reserved for documentaries and foreign-language art cinema. –Manohla Dargis, The New York Times In the hands of British filmmaker Andrew Haigh, this tale of a troubled teen (an extraordinary Charlie Plummer) bonding with a horse becomes a heartbreaking look at a marginalized America. –Peter Travers, Rolling Stone LEAN ON PETE is showing at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center on Friday, June 8 through Thursday, June 14. Show times are available at, by consulting your newspaper, or by calling the MRRMAC film information line at 402.472.5353. The Motion Picture Association of America has rated LEAN ON PETE R (for language and brief violence). This program is being presented with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. From acclaimed filmmaker Andrew Haigh (Weekend; 45 Years), and based on the beloved novel by Willy Vlautin, comes LEAN ON PETE—a deeply moving story about love, loneliness, family, and friendship, told through the unique prism of one boy’s connection to a very special racehorse. Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer) arrives in Portland, Oregon with his single father Ray (Travis Fimmel), both of them eager for a fresh start after a series of hard knocks. While Ray descends into personal turmoil, Charley 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 father’s absence—until he discovers that Pete is bound for slaughter, prompting him to take extreme measures to spare his new friend’s life. Charley and Pete head out into the great unknown, embarking on an odyssey across the new American frontier in search of a loving aunt Charley hasn’t seen in years. They experience adventure and heartbreak in equal measure, but never lose their irrepressible hope and resiliency as they pursue their dream of finding a place they can call home.