October 11, 2013
Studio: Codeblack Films (Lionsgate)
Director: George Tillman Jr.
MPAA Rating: R (for language, some drug use and sexual content)
Screenwriter: Michael Starrbury
Starring: Anthony Mackie, Jeffrey Wright, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Skylan Brooks, Ethan Dizon
Copyright Holder: N/A
From Codeblack Films and Lionsgate. 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. "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete" is a beautifully observed and tremendously moving film about salvation through friendship and the way transformation sometimes can happen just by holding on long enough. Director George Tillman, Jr. draws indelible performances from a fantastic cast, which includes Jordin Sparks, Golden Globe® and EMMY®Award winner Jeffrey Wright, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Anthony Mackie, and Golden Globe® and Academy Award® winner Jennifer Hudson, all led by Ethan Dizon and Skylan Brooks in a stunning breakout performance as Mister. The film also features new music by Alicia Keys.