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DVD Review: The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete

Don’t be put off by its long childlike title, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete is actually an extremely dark and serious film. The film stars 14-year-old Skylan Brooks as Mister, a boy living in an inner city housing project with his drug addict mother Gloria (Jennifer Hudson). Mister reluctantly befriends Pete (Ethan Dizon) another a younger kid from the projects who is left alone after his mother is arrested. After Gloria is arrested for prostitution, Mister and Pete must learn to fend for themselves, while also avoiding child protective services. The film boasts a wonderful performance from its young stars as well as Jennifer Hudson, who is nearly unrecognizable as Gloria. While Tillerman’s film is ultimately quite bleak, it features just enough hope and a small bit of comedy to keep it from getting overly heavy.

Commentary: Director George Tillerman Jr., Actors Skylan Brooks and Ethan Dizon
The three discuss many things including the films’ long title, casting the kids, and Jennifer Hudson’s fantastic performance.

Deleted Scenes
Fifteen minutes of deleted scenes viewable with an optional commentary from George Tillman Jr.

Rehearsal to scene comparison
Mister catches Gloria shooting heroin. This feature compares recorded rehearsal footage of star Skylan Brooks with actual scenes from the film. The rehearsal footage exemplifies Brooks’ talent, whilst showing the process of crafting a film.

Bootcamp: Skateboard Instruction Video
This short feature shows footage of Skylan Brooks practicing for his skateboarding scenes. At just under two minutes, this feature fails to add anything to the disc, unlike the rehearsal footage that preceded it.

Bootcamp: Drug Counselor Character Research

Another short “Bootcamp” feature shows how George Tillman Jr. thought that it was important for the films’ young stars to learn about drug use and drug addiction before shooting the film. The bit also shows Skylan Brooks and Ethan Dizon talking with people who have struggled with addiction. While it is still short, the feature is actually quite interesting.

Matt Hoffman

Matthew Hoffman is a Toronto-based cinephile who especially enjoys French films and actresses over the age of 50; including but not limited to: Isabelle Huppert, Meryl Streep, and Jacki Weaver.