What’s better than a story about a man and his dog? A story about a man and his horse. Er, a boy and his horse, in the case of “Lean on Pete,” the most recent film from the burgeoning powerhouse that is A24 and director Andrew Haigh.
This is exactly what the essence of Pourrait’s film is getting at. It is only in a fictitious, female-run world that Alexandra can get away with casual hook-ups unscathed because in reality, her character would be condemned for not adhering to social norms.
The script attempts to take a full look at the dangerous effects that a singular focus on sports can have on a person but comes up short in providing the necessary depth to tackle these issues correctly.