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Son Challenges Mother In First Footage Of Jennifer Hudson In 'Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete'

by Tambay A. Obenson
January 21, 2013 10:53 PM
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Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete - J-Hud

Making its world premiere at the ongoing Sundance Film Festival, here's your first official clip from George Tillman Jr.'s The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete, which stars Jennifer HudsonSkylan BrooksAnthony MackieJordin SparksJeffrey Wright, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbajein a drama that sees Jennifer Hudson as a drug addict mother whose arrest forces her son and his best friend to fend for themselves.

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

Here's how Sundance describes the Brooklyn-shot film:

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 (in the photo above) leads the cast as the titular Mister.

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

A new clip has been released, featuring J-Hud and Brooks in a dramatic mother/son exchange.


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  • FactChecker | January 23, 2013 5:05 PMReply

    I couldn't agree more with WB. ... I don't need to see another Precious as long as I live. ..."Middle of Nowhere," was FANTASTIC, but didn't get enough love. Especially, when you consider all the yapping about how Bigelow got robbed, for not being nom'ed for the Oscars. Which I personally, don't care that she wasn't. Ava should have been, though. ... And this year, everyone is all "Women directors at Sundance! Women directors at Sundance! ...Is Yelling to the Sky at Sundance? I hope so. ... Finally, JHUD cannot act, unless she's playing an alter ego of her self (e.g. Dreamgirls and Smash). ... She and the little boy are wooden.

  • BluTopaz | January 22, 2013 3:32 PMReply

    Now it's Dancing at Sundance/Cannes/etc instead of just in September. But on a shallow note, Jennifer should consider a short haircut now. She does not need all that cas-cadading weave.

  • Tonton Michel | January 22, 2013 1:59 PMReply

    A black boy lipping his mother like that and living to tell the tale? File this under sci-fi/fantasy, I do want to see this.

  • Bee | January 23, 2013 1:06 AM

    Ain't that da truth! Lol. That was my first thought.

  • ALM | January 22, 2013 9:24 PM


  • WB2 | January 22, 2013 1:38 PMReply

    I'm just 'pathos' the only path for Black Filmmakers at Sundance? True. Newlyweeds has found a way into the fold...happy for Shaka...but it seems that the Black films that REALLY SOAR at Sundance all have one thing in common: a suffering protagonist.


  • Batman | January 22, 2013 10:53 PM

    Batman voice: I am a suffering protagonist. You know also anti-hero.

  • WB2 | January 22, 2013 1:46 PM

    Suffering and suffering in an urban environ...(read ghetto...projects) I might add....

    I'm with Darkan....spent some of my most joyful days with my crew in the projects. And it's been the typical portrayal of 'project folk' that causes concern. Yes, there can be suffering in the projects...but there are also so many DIFFERENT kinds of people there, experiencing different kinds of Joy. There are the old folk who have been there for decades who still feel safe enough to sit in the courtyard and reminisce. There are the 'hood rich' families who pay little for rent but maintain a sharp sense of personal style. There are so many kinds of voices/stories to come out of the projects (or other urban environs) but films (or should i say the films that get promoted) tend to show one kind of folk. This looks no different. Especially when TWO boys from two different families get abandoned on the same day. sheesh. feels conveniently inflated to me.

  • CareyCarey | January 22, 2013 12:55 PMReply

    A buyer who shall go unnamed: "Precious like, not quite the essence of the ghetto movie and in no way marketable." Huuummmm... I copied those words from the review by Zeba Blay. Well, I didn't know what to make of those words and apparently neither did Zeba, who wrote "What the essence of the so-called ghetto movie actually is remains to be seen but what lies at the heart of the inevitable defeat... is something that transcends any genre of pseudo-genre, a unique and oddly uplifting film that's part coming-of-age, part survival story."

    Okay, now I am even more perplexed... what did all that mean? Anyway, I read the rest of her review, and viewed this clip... and now, my thoughts.

    But first, I see Tracy Twinkie Byrd has stopped by with a few words of wisdom. **waving @ Twinkie** Maybe, some day, when she's not too busy casting the next brown star, she can come back with an inside look into her world? I know everyone read that she cast the next big thang "Fruitvale"? OH YEAH, Ms. Twinkie is a person to know! So again, maybe she can come back and drop some of her inside knowledge on us.

    Now, here we have other big hitters doing the damn thang. Jennifer Hudson, Alica Keys, Jeffery Wright, Anthony Mackie and the director George Tillman Jr. That's quite an impressive mix. But I have to say I wasn't impressed by this trailer. And, I'd be lying if I said Tillman's "Notorious" was something I'd cheer about. Anyway, in this trailer the acting seemed staged... unreal. I don't know if it was the dialog or the acting, but I was not impressed nor convinced.

    In respect to the dialog, I might be a little prejudice b/c being somewhat familiar with the "history" of the characters, the lines didn't seem to fit. And Jennifer's acting remains questionable.

    In respect to the child actor, he has a heavy load. I mean, from the viewers perspective what images do we have to gauge his performance? Given the dynamics of his world, how should he act, speak or emote? I don't know, but I guess he has to give me the emotion I can only assume will accompany a child in whatever situation we see him in.

    I am reminded of Quvenzhane Wallis' performance in Beast of A Southern Wild. Without a doubt she killed it! So it can be done but the bar is pretty high. I just hope Skylan can take me there.

    One more thing. The comparison to "Precious" can be a gift and a curse. I enjoyed Precious but there are those in our community who will slam it, cuss it and kick it around before they even see it. "NO MORE PORN" they will yell. "Why do we always have to be prostitutes, slaves, maids and dope fiends?" many will chant. I am not in that crowd but... after reading all the comments surrounding Django, The Help and Spike Lee's comment, I know they can't wait to fire-up their trumpets.

  • Darkan | January 22, 2013 12:15 PMReply

    Don't remind me of ANYBODY I ever knew growing up in the projects at all. Their rhythm and voices are way off. Meh.

  • Bee | January 23, 2013 1:03 AM

    Getthesenets, I agree, especially about how urban hood kids have a tendency to look older in the face than they should due to the need to project a no nonsense attitude. And J-Hud is off a bit, imo, as well.

  • Troy | January 22, 2013 11:00 PM

    No actors in any urban movie I have ever watched seem authentic to me.

  • getthesenets | January 22, 2013 6:15 PM

    They are both pretty unconvincing.

    The boy is too sweet. Lot of kids in that environment wear the mask. Faces look older than what they should look like because they have to project a "don't start none atittude" when they go outside. .....whether they are regular good kids or trouble makers.The kid's character is 14 and basically raising himself in circa 2012 NYC....? Doesn't look or sound the part.

    I'm guessing that the actor has famous /celeb parents or something

    Hudson seems off key also

  • EP | January 22, 2013 11:30 AMReply

    Her timing is off or something....she's a beat behind the dialogue.

  • Monique a Williams | January 22, 2013 10:14 AMReply

    JEnnifer Hudson doing the damn thang! The little boy is pretty good too. Interested In seeing this.

  • Tracy Twinkie Byrd | January 22, 2013 10:13 AMReply

    Congratulations George!! You are such a Brilliant Director!

    I cant wait to see this!

  • Aaron | January 22, 2013 8:03 AMReply

    They did a good job with J-Hud's costume. She looks like every hoodrat I see everyday from the hair, the tattoos, dress, and bad skin.

  • Troy | January 22, 2013 11:03 PM

    Bad skin? Mama pulled you off the tit too early. I never knew hood rats had worse skin than white women and many other demos. They should start putting hood rats on proactive commercials instead of celebrities.

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