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The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013)

R  |   |  Drama  |  25 January 2013 (USA)
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A coming-of-age story about two inner city boys who are left to fend for themselves over the summer after their mothers are taken away by the authorities.

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A coming-of-age story about two inner city boys who are left to fend for themselves over the summer after their mothers are taken away by the authorities.

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Rated R for language, some drug use and sexual content | See all certifications »
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$254,279 (USA) (11 October 2013)

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$487,348 (USA) (25 October 2013)
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This drama features performances byJennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks, both singers that became famous after their appearances in the American Idol TV show, followed by acting careers. See more »

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Mister: I'll be back for you.
Pete: Promise?
Mister: I promise.
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Featured in Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.153 (2013) See more »

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Play the Guitar
Written by Andrew Benjamin, Jerome Chambliss, Kasseem, Dean, Aubrey Drake Graham, Clifford Harris, Aubrey Johnson, Ellas McDaniel, Salaam Remi, Matthew Samuels, Noah Shebib, Bobby Simmons, Henry Zant, Fernando Leite
Performed by B.o.B. (feat. Andre 3000)
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Sweet, troubling, sad, and so well acted it has to be seen
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The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete (2013)

A deeply thoughtful movie about two charming kids who end up going it alone in the projects when their addicted mother is taken away. We are taken into the bowels of a pretty realistic low income housing world in New York City. The portrayal of the dangers might actually be watered down a bit, and it feels weirdly depopulated a lot of time, but the squalor and the general grim feeling works.

What clinches this movie, and no one will argue this, is the performances of both the leading actors, Mister and Pete. Mister, an African-American kid with thoughtful eyes, is about 12 and he's weirdly calm and sanguine through all the disasters. Pete, an Asian kid with sweet innocence written all over him, is a few years younger and needs Mister's protection. The odd but true friendship between the two is a lot of the movie, but the way each has to deal with the outside world in a series of difficult (and ugly and profane) incidents is what gives it depth.

It's fair to say this movie, and its African-American director George Tillman, have been overlooked. See it. It may not take creative leaps and it may not push every button at exactly the right time, but it has the sincerity and stunning leading actors to make it an important new film.


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