Back To Work: Check Out Jennifer Hudson Playing A Drug Addicted Mother In A Clip From “The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete”

January 24, 2013  |  

After the last few years have been spent doing WeightWatchers commercials, Jennifer Hudson is back on her acting ish, taking a fabulous role on one of my favorite shows on NBC, Smash, and starring in director George Tillman Jr.’s The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete, which made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival, which started last Thursday and wraps up on January 27. Aside from Jennifer Hudson, who plays the drug addicted and struggling mother of the character Mister, the film also stars big names like Anthony Mackie, Jeffrey Wright, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (remember him? He was Adebisi in Oz). Alicia Keys is a co-executive producer for the film, which is set in the Brooklyn projects.

According to the plot, which we checked out via Shadow and Act, Hudson’s character is the mother of Mister (played by Skylan Brooks), and after struggling to get back on her feet, she is arrested, which forces Mister to fend for himself. With the help of his best friend, Pete, who is also down on hard times thanks to his own mother’s arrest, the young men search for food, try to avoid trouble, child protective services and drama, even as they come upon obstacles that would break most people. The movie is said to take a good look at the important bonds of friendship, and according to the Sundance description, it also shows “the way transformation sometimes can happen just by holding on long enough.”

In the following clip, we see Hudson in her most gritty role, probably ever, as she argues with her son, who only wants her to get a job, put food in the fridge and do better for herself (Mister’s character is only 14 if you were thinking, “WHY DOESN’T HE GO AND GET A JOB!?”). I’m definitely impressed with what I see, and I’m excited to see the film when it’s finally released to the public later this year, just because I’m an indie film stan. Check out the clip below and let us know how you think Hudson and Brooks did so far.

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  • Yah

    why did jennifer play this role? smdh. black people are crazy. you can’t really possibly be this desperate for the limelight.

  • Just Saying

    I’m excited to see the little guys performance. =]

  • scandalous7

    ughhh really Jenafa!

  • guest

    This plot/storyline has been over done!!! There should be more diverse characters and plots for black American actors to play. How many times do we have to see movies with black women playing drug addicts? Damn

    • that little boy cant act, sorry, he sounded like he was counting as he said his lines, they sounded rushed and rehearsed. Idk if it was the long awkward paused but I wasnt feeling the film

      besides theres only so many times you can film the trials and tribulations of a child with a absent father and a drug addicted mother??

  • IllyPhilly

    Do you know why you and I are an endangered species?

    Because we’re black males?

    NO! It’s because the rappers are getting all the good acting jobs!

    Change some words around and you’ll get it.

  • Meyaka

    This woman can act, and sing. I need her to get it together…