The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete is brilliantly scripted and orchestrated with stark observation. The George Tillman-directed pic portrays an inspiring story of salvation through the tough love friendship of two inner city youths.
School’s out and Mister (Skylan Brooks) is hungry. Set in the Brooklyn projects during a scorching summer, the latchkey 14-year-old’s circumstance goes from bad to worse when his prostitute, drug-abusing mother Gloria (Jennifer Hudson) gets taken into custody and child protective services endeavors to track him down.
Meanwhile, nine-year-old Pete (Ethan Dizon) finds himself in the same predicament –– broke and without a parent. Together, Mister and Pete set out to stay afloat by any means necessary. The two spend their days dodging the police, while they look for sustenance, all the while attempting to avoid the violence that afflicts their neighborhood.
Brooks and Dizon are sensational in roles that convey the fellowship and vulnerability crucial to an unfortunate turn of events. Where the lives of two poverty-stricken juveniles are falling apart at the seams, Mister’s single dream of making it in acting keeps them alive with hope.
To anyone burdened with aspiration and human empathy, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete causes one to give an honest scrutiny at his or her present state in life. Jeffrey Wright, Anthony Mackie, and Jordin Sparks also co-star in the inspirational drama.