The trailer and poster have been released for the indie The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete. The story follows the eponymous young characters (played by Skylan Brooks and Ethan Dizon) who have been abandoned by their junkie parents, and must survive a sweltering summer in the Brooklyn projects. I saw the movie at Sundance, and while Brooks and Dizon are terrific, the script is unrelenting in how much shit it throws at the characters for the sake of wringing out unearned tragedy from their circumstances. It’s a nice trailer that doesn’t try to hide the hardships the characters face, and doesn’t try to hammer the audience with saccharine uplift.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster. The film also stars Jennifer Hudson, Anthony Mackie, Jordin Sparks, Jeffrey Wright, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete opens in limited release on October 11th.
Here’s the synopsis for The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete:
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.