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During a sweltering summer in New York City, 13-year-old Mister's hard-living mother is apprehended by the police, leaving the boy and nine-year-old Pete alone to forage for food while dodging child protective services and the destructive scenarios 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.
Drama - While the two lead characters are preteens, this rather dark and
gritty drama is definitely not for kids due to language, violence,
drug content, and adult subject matter. The known stars here such as
Jennifer Hudson, Anthony Mackie, and Jeffrey Wright have fairly small
supporting roles to young leads Skylan Brooks and Ethan Dizon.
PROFANITY: 15 F-words; 12 S-words; 4 GD's; a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: A sexual situation without nudity. VIOLENCE: Beatings with blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Heroin use. ACTION: Some foot chases. COMEDY: Some kid and animal humor.
Roger EbertFull Review Average For the most part, however, the film is just never quite as powerful or moving as it clearly wants to be, and though it tries to avoid mawkishness throughout, it winds up succumbing to it.
USA TodayFull Review Good Two strikingly natural child actors anchor this moving film about ghetto life
NY PostFull Review Good Despite its cutesy title, 'The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete' is a gritty, sometimes downright heartwrenching story of two young boys left to fend for themselves for weeks during a boiling-hot summer in a Brooklyn housing project.
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