Concrete Cowboy review

LUBBOCK, TX (KJTV) - "Concrete Cowboy" explores a sub-culture not a lot of us know about - Black folks in urban areas who still ride and take care of horses and embrace the cowboy lifestyle.

Based on the novel "Ghetto Cowboy," it's the story of a troubled teenager in Detroit whose mom forces him to go stay with his dad in Philly to teach him some discipline and break him like a horse.
 
Caleb McLaughlin from "Stranger Things" is able to carry the movie in his young shoulders, and Idris Elba is among my favorite actors. Their father-son dynamic leaves marks.
 
While the story is fiction, the Fletcher Street Cowboys in Philadelphia are real, and some of them play themselves in the picture, a hugely effective move like Chloe Zhao's Oscar-winning "Nomadland." But the story and culture "Concrete Cowboy" moved me more than that picture, despite some predictable moments.
 
It's streaming now on Netflix.

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