The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete ★★★½

A couple of moments ring untrue or overly convenient (a shopkeeper letting the title characters get almost $100 worth of shopping for free in particular), but this mostly-riveting drama works largely thanks to the excellent performances from the two lead child actors, as well as potent support from the likes of Jennifer Hudson and Anthony Mackie.

Basically this is the sort of movie Spike Lee wishes he still made.

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