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Lionsgate/Codeblack Films Will Release 'Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete' On 10/11, Limited

by Tambay A. Obenson
August 1, 2013 6:28 PM
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"The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete."
"The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete."

Codeblack Films/Lionsgate will release George Tillman Jr.'s The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete in theaters on October 11, in limited release, announced today.

Making its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, the drama stars Jennifer HudsonSkylan BrooksAnthony MackieJordin SparksJeffrey Wright, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, in a film that sees Jennifer Hudson as a drug addict mother whose arrest forces her son and his best friend to fend for themselves.

During a sweltering summer in New York City, 14-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. 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.

Skylan Brooks leads the cast as the titular Mister.

The script was penned by Michael Starrbury, and by co-produced by Alicia Keys.

Zeba Blay saw and reviewed the film for S&A over the weekend, which you can read HERE. In short, she dug it.

You'll recall that, last year, in a move to further strengthen its place in the black cinema space, Lionsgate formed a partnership with Jeff Clanagan, the founder of CodeBlack Enterprises. CodeBlack Films was launched via that partnership.

No release trailer yet, but check out a clip below:

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  • Kellendria | August 8, 2013 4:15 PMReply

    To the two comments. There are nothing wrong with these types of films, I don't want super duper positive Black films all the time I want real fleshed out 3D characters and if this film has that then good and if it doesn't well that will fucking suck.

    However I do agree that these types of films we already see a lot of and I would love to have something fresh and different for once.

  • Derek Mims | August 6, 2013 12:32 AMReply

    I agree. Is there no end to these “black like me” movies? When are we going to make something other than the usual men in dresses, women as hoes and troubled mulattoes, men beating up on the women and dropping kids out of the 5th floor apartment stuff. We need to evolve, get to a different level.

  • Yah | August 4, 2013 10:17 AMReply

    Black Hollywood is so stupid. Why would Jennfer Hudson play that role?? If Black women are not dissed and left out of movies they are some type of stereotype. Black Hollywood - the biggest detriment to the Black community. smh

  • The Introspective Man | August 12, 2013 4:21 PM

    Jennifer Hudson is an Academy Award-Winning Actress who can pick and choose the roles she plays. Have you considered that she was drawn to this movie because of the merits of the script, the challenges of the role, and the work and reputation of the director?

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