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The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013)



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Two youths from the Brooklyn projects attempt to fend for themselves on the streets after their parents are arrested in this urban drama from director George Tillman, Jr. (Notorious, Faster). It's summer in New York City, and 14-year-old Mister (Skylan Brooks) is hungry. His irresponsible mother unable to hold down a job, Mister's situation goes from bad to worse when she is taken into custody, and child protective services attempts to track him down. Meanwhile, nine-year-old friend Pete finds himself in the same sinking boat. Together, Mister and Pete search for sustenance while attempting to avoid the violence that plagues their neighborhood. All the while Mister grows to feel invincible, never realizing that it's his vulnerability - not his youthful bravado - that's truly his saving grace. Jennifer Hudson, Jeffrey Wright, Anthony Mackie, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: R (for language, some drug use and sexual content)
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Michael Starrbury
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On DVD: Feb 4, 2014
Box Office: $0.5M
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All Critics (32) | Top Critics (10)

This is an impressive piece of grass-roots filmmaking.

Full Review… | December 10, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A gritty, sometimes downright heartwrenching story of two young boys left to fend for themselves for weeks during a boiling-hot summer in a Brooklyn housing project.

Full Review… | October 11, 2013
New York Post
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Pitched fascinatingly, at times uneasily, between misery and uplift, "Mister & Pete" tells the story of an endlessly resourceful child who survives the unimaginable over one long summer.

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
New York Times
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They may be tiny little kids, but they deliver outsize performances.

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
Washington Post
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"The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete" is a moving bit of mischief and mayhem that will break your heart, give you hope, make you laugh, possibly cry.

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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Dizon and Brooks are wonderfully natural actors, and their characters' bond becomes like that of brothers, with Mister looking out for Pete, at first grudgingly and ultimately with real affection.

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
USA Today
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Audience Reviews for The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete


Realistically portrayed drama of the life in the disadvantaged suburbs of America directed by George Tillman, Jr. and written by Michael Starrbury , can bring tears even without melodramatic elements in it. Presenting Skylan Brooks (Mister) and Ethan Dizon (Pete) in the title roles nd casting Anthony Mackie, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks and Jeffrey Wright, the director made simply perfect team. As a genre, I will classify this movie as a coming of age story of two inner city boys. They were left to fend for themselves over the summer after their mothers are taken away by the police for drug possession and prostitution.

The movie concentrates on the two boys who are forced to forage for food while dodging child protective services and the destructive scenarios of the Brooklyn projects. They are faced with more trouble than any child can be expected to bear, and the fragile but resourceful Mister nevertheless finds strength in an idea from a movie, that he can be an unstoppable force against seemingly unmovable obstacles if he believes in the success...

There are plenty of sad and disturbing moments in this movie, but all of them managed to become inspirational and uplifting, because the director offered a glimpse of hope in the continuously degrading American society, especially for the poor. The brotherhood of Mister and Pete was something to make note, as well as the answers on the entire question of morality when people are forced to making ends meet. The film exposes the lack of real role models for the children in the society where the only value is the almighty dollar, and the authority figures were presented as menacing instead of helpful at times.

If you are ready for a dark movie with its moments of humour and lots of charm, while enjoying the innocence and cuteness adjusting to difficult moments of life, please, check this one!

Panta Oz

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Incredible film! Skylan Brooks and Ethan Dizon are great actors, watch their stars rise in the coming years.

Dartavious Stallworth

Or the One Where I Seem To Be In The Minority...

I might be the only person who didn't find this as moving as everyone else. It's not bad, by any means, it's pretty good, but we've seen so many better films about inner city life, that I just found this to be too plain. It gets caught up in its own sentimentality too much for its own good, and I felt like I was trying to be forced to feel something I didn't feel.

There are some very good performances here, especially of child actor Skylan Brooks, and whoever played the bully with the fro. Unfortunately there isn't enough behind the typical stereotypes of inner city life to make this interesting enough to keep me going. I always enjoy seeing Anthony Mackie, and he doesn't disappoint at all. He gives a great performance as the pimp with a heart of gold.

The only performance I wasn't really in favor of was Jennifer Hudson, who's trying too hard to be something she's not. She wasn't nearly believable as a mom trying to make it in the inner city. She just seemed like an addict with nothing better to do. But maybe that's not on her, maybe that's on the script.

I appreciate what the filmmakers are trying to have happen here, and I see why so many people enjoyed this film, probably more than I did. I just found things to be weight too heavily on sentimentality for its own good. I didn't really feel too much for these kids, even when terrible things were happening. If you haven't seen American Violet, that's a great movie about inner city life and the toll it takes on families.

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