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Not recommended under 15 due to violent, disturbing scenes, frequent coarse language, and strong adult themes.
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|Children under 15||Not recommended for this age group due to violent, disturbing scenes, frequent coarse language, and strong adult themes.|
|Children over the age of 15||Children of this age group may still find some of the scenes in this film disturbing and parents should be aware that the film contains violence and scenes of emotional distress.|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||Lean on Pete|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mature themes, violence and coarse language.|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Lean on Pete is a film that has been adapted from a novel of the same name by author Willy Vlautin. The main character is 15-year-old Charley (Charlie Plummer) who lives alone with his single father (Travis Fimmel). Charley finds work with race horse owner and trainer Del Montgomery (Steve Buscemi), helping him care for an older race horse called ‘Lean-on-Pete’. Charley becomes more and more attached to the horse and his concern grows as he learns the fate of race horses that start to lose more races than they win. One fateful night, Charley’s father is attacked in their house and hospitalised, leaving Charley to fend for himself. On the same night that Charley loses his father to a fatal infection, he also learns that Lean-on-Pete is going to be sold for horse meat. In a state of desperation and despair, Charley decides to flee and to take Lean-on-Pete with him. Together, the boy and the horse journey across the American frontier, Charley hoping to find his estranged aunt in Wyoming who might be able to care for him.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
Parental abandonment; child neglect; poverty and hardship; death of a parent; horse racing; animal cruelty.
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
There are several scenes of violence in this movie including:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged five to eight, including the following:
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
Children of this age may be more able to understand the complexity of Charley’s situation and the despair and destitution that he finds himself under. For this reason, older children may find this film even more distressing than younger children. In addition to the above mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged eight to thirteen, including the following:
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
Children of this age are also likely to be disturbed by the above-mentioned violent and scary scenes. Furthermore, they are likely to be more able to understand the complexity of Charley’s situation and the despair and destitution that he finds himself under. For this reason, older children may find this film even more distressing than younger children.
None of concern
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
None of concern
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is constant and frequent use of coarse language in this movie, including:
Lean on Pete is a desperate and tragic portrayal of survival against the odds. As well as exposing an underbelly of poverty and disadvantage in America, the film gives the viewer a glimpse into the seedier side of horse racing. The portrayal of 15-year-old Charley by actor Charlie Plummer is poignant and extremely moving. Teen viewers may find many of Charley’s fears, insecurities and emotions relatable, and parents should be aware that for some viewers the issues and themes may hit a bit too close to home.
The main messages from this movie are that sometimes trying to solve problems on your own can lead to harder struggles; that desperation can lead us to extreme measures; and that unconditional love is a fundamental human need.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as:
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