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Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013)

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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 4, 2014
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,946 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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One summer in New York City, 13-year-old Mister's hard-living mother is apprehended by the police, leaving him and 9-yearold Pete to survive alone while dodging child protective services and the dangers of the Brooklyn projects. Faced with more than any child can be expected to bear, the resourceful Mister nevertheless feels he is an unstoppable force against seemingly unmovable obstacles. But what really keeps the pair in the survival game is much more Mister's vulnerability than his larger-than-life attitude.

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
"The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete" (2013 release; 108 min.) brings the story of two young boys in the Brooklyn housing projects. As the movie opens, we see Mister flunking his last exam on the final day of his 8th grade school year, and the teacher tells him he'll have to do 8th grade over again. As Mister gets home, we get to know his mom, a drug addict and prostitute who seemingly only cares about the next high. We also meet Pete, a Korean-American kid who is even younger but is staying there as his mom is in equally bad shape (if not worse). As the summer unfolds, Mister's mom eventually also gets arrested, and now Mister and Pete are left alone. Mister thinks/expects that his mom will be released in a few days, two weeks tops, but when she does not return, the boys need to find a way to survive. One thing that keeps Mister going are the auditions coming up in early August for a movie or TV show. Will the boys make it through the summer? Will Mister's mom return? What about Pete's mom? To tell you more would surely ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourseld how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: first and foremost, this is a tough urban family drama that will not leave you unmoved. One can't but feel terrible for the two boys. They didn't ask for these circumstances. but they neverhtless have to deal with it. At one point Pete asks Mister if it's okay not to love his mom. Mister wistfully responds: "You can't help but love her but that doesn't mean you have to like her". Wow. As you can expect, there are lots of notable performances in thsi movie, none more so than newcomer Skylan Brooks as Mister. But Jennifer Hudson as Mister's mom will equally blow you away.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
"Is it OK not to love your mom?" Mister (Brooks) is having a tough time at school not only fitting in but with his grades as well. When he leaves the only place he has to go is home, to his drug addicted and basically absent mother Gloria (Hudson). One day he comes home to find Pete, a kid he knows in his room. Gloria informs Mister they will be taking care of him for a few days but no one sees what is coming next. First of all I have to start by saying this is a fantastic movie but hard to watch. I would compare it to Precious in that way. This one deals with how the kids take care of themselves in the only way they know how rather then living with an abusive mother. The movie is emotionally draining but very much worth seeing especially for the kid playing Mister. He was amazing in this and deserves some sort of nomination. He really brings powerful emotions to this and even when he breaks the law in some scenes you are still rooting for him. I can not say enough about this movie and it deserves to be seen by a larger audience then it will get. Overall, emotionally draining but a must see movie. I highly recommend this. I give it an A.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking and Endearing. A gem of a movie. February 21, 2014
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete was a pleasant surprise. I am not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn't this little gem of a movie. I know people have compared it to the movie "Precious" (which I never saw, but read the book "Push"), and if that was any indication, I wasn't looking forward to it. I was one of those rare people who didn't enjoy Sapphire's book of the abused and tortured young girl, Precious. It was a little too depressing for me. Anyway, the story of "Mister & Pete" was just the the end, you have hope. Your spirits soar and you rejoice and think, if two young kids can survive and make it an entire summer on their own, overcoming the challenges of living in a Brooklyn Housing Project and avoiding Child Services, alone.....then they will survive anything.

Mister (yes, that is what his mom named him), a 13-year-old boy is dealing with issues that someone his age shouldn't even know about. He lives in public housing. His mother (who doesn't mind shooting up in front of him) is a drug addicted prostitute. She's even willing to perform a sexual act in a restaurant to pay for dinner. He's failed school and told he will have to repeat his 8th grade year. So what can add to this chaos of his young life....the responsibility and addition of a small 9-year-old named Pete (whose mother is abusive but he believes is a chemist...while in actuality she is an addict, she's cooking meth). As the two scramble for food, avoid the local drug dealers and thieves, and survive for several months on their own, they learn to also dream and have hope.

I expected Jennifer Hudson to be decent in the role of his screwed up mother Gloria, which she was, but what I didn't expect was the talent of Skylan Brooks, who played Mister.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Defeat March 11, 2014
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This was a very sad and disturbing movie. All I could think of was the 2 little boys on their own, the abandoned Pete, and how skinny that Mister was. I expect to see these children again in the future, because they were such professionals.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but Sad April 7, 2014
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J Hud did awesome job protraying drug addicted mom. The children stoled my heart great acting. A really sad but touching movie. wanted a better ending for Pete.
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