The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete [*Indie Film Alert]

Over the weekend I went and saw the award winning independent film, “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete.” Once the ending credits began to roll I knew why this film had one so many awards, it was that great. The film stars: Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks and Anthony Mackie. Yet, the true stars of the film are the two young actors; Skylan Brooks (Mister) and Ethan Dizon (Pete). 

The level of acting from all involved was top notch. I was impressed with everyone. Regardless of the size of their role each character in the film had a purpose and delivered. My favorite characters are of course, Mister & Pete. These two are best friends, but through the course of the film become more like brothers. The friendship that they have for one another will make you root for them until the very end. 

This film is for sure not a comedy, but it had lighter moments in spite of the heavy circumstances being dealt to Mister & Pete. Through all of the tribulations, Mister remained strong and was able to be there for Pete when no one was there for them. It’s a story of survival, friendship, family, growth and maturity. 

Mister & Pete reminds us that life is not full of happy or easy moments, even when it is summer. Summer for kids is suppose to be a time of freedom and fun, but that is not what happens. Mister & Pete learn a lot about themselves and prove that they will go far in the world if they remain persistent and focused. Underneath it all, Mister has a dream that keeps him going. He in a way reaches that dream, but in an unexpected way at the end of the film.

Throughout the film you will be challenged to stay strong like Mister & Pete, but when they began to break emotionally you will too. After following there story of survival you have no choice, but to laugh when they laugh and cry when they cry. The two friends stick together and in the end come out stronger, wiser and closer. Mister & Pete are young survivors and Skylan and Ethan have a bright career ahead of them.

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete is a beautiful film, with an uplifting message. It was filmed with Brooklyn as its backdrop and the tough streets as an important obstacle. This is a summer that Mister & Pete will never forget.  

This is a must see film.


During a sweltering summer in New York City, 13-year-old Mister’s (Brooks) hard-living mother (Hudson) is apprehended by the police, leaving the boy and nine-year-old Pete (Dizon) 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. 


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