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