The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete

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The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGeorge Tillman, Jr.
Written byMichael Starrbury
Produced byGeorge Tillman, Jr.
Jana Edelbaum
Rachel Cohen
Robert Teitel
StarringSkylan Brooks
Ethan Dizon
Anthony Mackie
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Jennifer Hudson
Jordin Sparks
Jeffrey Wright
CinematographyReed Morano
Edited byJamie Kirkpatrick
Music byAlicia Keys
Mark Isham
Venture Forth
Floren Shieh Productions
iDeal Partners Film Fund
State Street Pictures
Unified Pictures
Distributed byCodeBlack Entertainment
Release date
  • October 11, 2013 (2013-10-11)
Running time
120 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Box office$494,608[3]

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete is a 2013 American drama film directed by George Tillman Jr. and written by Michael Starrbury. The film stars Anthony Mackie, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks and Jeffrey Wright. It is a coming-of-age story about two inner-city youths who are left to fend for themselves over the summer after their mothers are taken away by the authorities. Skylan Brooks and Ethan Dizon star in the title roles as Mister and Pete, respectively.


During a sweltering summer in New York City, 13-year-old Mister's (Skylan 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 police and various hostile residents while awaiting a child-actor casting call. Faced with more than any child can be expected to bear, the resourceful Mister nevertheless feels he is an unstoppable force against seemingly immovable obstacles. But what really keeps the pair in the survival game is Mister's intelligence and perseverance.



In July 2012 Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks joined the cast.[4] In May 2013 CodeBlack Entertainment acquired the US rights for the distribution of the film.[5]


On August 1, 2013, Lionsgate announced the limited release date October 11, 2013, for the film.[6]


Box office[edit]

In its opening weekend, the film opened in 147 theaters in the United States and Canada and grossed $254,279, ranking #24 at the box office.[7] Mister & Pete was in release for 3 weeks and has grossed $494,608 domestically.[3]


On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 86% based on 37 reviews, with an average rating of 6.85/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete uses its compelling streetwise setting -- and powerful performances from its young leads -- to offer a refreshing twist on the coming-of-age formula."[8] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 61 out of 100, based on 16 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[9]


Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
2014 Young Artist Award Best Leading Young Actor in a Feature Film Skylan Brooks Nominated [10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ IMDB
  2. ^ "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete screening at Montclair Film Festival". Planet Chocko. May 6, 2013. Retrieved December 20, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete (2013)". Box Office Mojo. October 31, 2013. Retrieved December 20, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks in Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete". Digital spy. 23 July 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Lionsgate's Codeblack Films Acquires Sundance Pic 'The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete'". Deadline. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  6. ^ "'The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete' Sets October 11 Release". Deadline. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  7. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results for October 11-13, 2013". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  8. ^ "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  9. ^ "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  10. ^ "35th Annual Young Artist Awards". Young Artist Awards. Retrieved 14 April 2014.

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