Two mothers and their sons live in the projects of Brooklyn. Both mothers are addicted to drugs, both mothers work for a neighborhood pimp. One day both mothers are arrested and the two boys 13 year old Mister (Skylan Brooks), and 9 year old Pete (Ethan Dizon) find themselves trying to survive and stay away from being turned over to Child Protective Services until their mothers come home.
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete is one of my favorite films this season. It was a film that I actually felt something as I sat watching Mister and Pete struggle to survive. I thought about the two of them long after leaving the theater. I would have done just as well as an HBO movie but it worked for me on the big screen.
I smiled at the idea of one of the boys being named Mister. He will always be addressed with respect, at least in name. He is also an old soul. Although we can tell that his mother, Gloria (Jennifer Hudson) loves her son and wanted to provide for him, he is truly the caretaker.
He is an angry child but he is a good kid. He has his problems in school; in fact he has to repeat the 8th grade, not because he is dumb by any means, because he doesn't apply himself. He is a movie junkie. His dream is to be cast in a movie and move to Beverly Hills. Pete (Ethan Dizon) is a child that you just want to love. He is an honest, outwardly innocent child who has experienced more than any of us imagined. He believes in Mister and knows that as long as they are together he will be alright.
This film is heartbreaking on many levels but it turns many corners until the right path is found.
One scene moved me to tears (in police car) and one scene angered me so much because I am 100% sure it would not have happened, in any community, that way (scene with Mister and the grocer). There is no way anyone would have walked away.
I say SPEND THE MONEY and see The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete in the theaters. It’s worth the popcorn.
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