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The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete | Sundance 2013 Review

20 February 2013 9:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Everybody Knows: Tillman’s Latest a Melodramatic Exercise of Youth in the Projects

Director George Tillman Jr. takes a step away from mainstream fodder for an examination of urban miserabalism with The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete. Due to a charismatic performance from his lead child star, Tillman’s latest manages to clear a majority of the significant hurdles in the way of making the film a dramatic success, even as it recalls several other notable lost children titles, anywhere from a handful of Spike Lee titles to Hirokazu Koreeda’s Nobody Knows (2004). Despite its well meaning intentions, some significant issues with the film cannot be overlooked, namely first time film feature scribe Michael Starrbury’s script, which throws so many maudlin scenarios at us that Precious (2009) starts to look like a glowing example of agency.

After his eighth grade teacher, Mr. Carey (Joseph Adams) confirms Mister (Skylan Brooks) will be repeating next year, »

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