'The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete' Sundance Film Festival review: Alicia Keys-produced drama features breakout star Skylan Brooks

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The best reason to see "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete," executive produced by Alicia Keys and premiering at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, is the breakout star turn by young actor Skylan Brooks. Unfortunately, he's also pretty much the only reason to see a movie that's more sentimental than moving and more cutesy than credible.

At least "Mister and Pete" is as cutesy as a movie about the hard knocks of ghetto life can be. Brooks stars as heroic 14-year-old Mister, who struggles at school but dreams of escaping from the projects and achieving his goal of becoming a big time movie star. His mother (Jennifer Hudson, de-glammed and fully committed in an underdeveloped role) is a hardcore heroin addict who supports her habit through prostitution.

Mister routinely sees residents in his neighborhood dragged off to jail and kids shipped off to group homes by child protective services. When
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