What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete is both wrenching and stunning. With heart-aching reality, it chronicles the lives of two kids who suffer from slipshod parenting and live in terrible circumstances. There's drug addiction (an adult shoots up right in front of her son and his friend), violence (children are assaulted, and a drug dealer rules the neighborhood with menace; though viewers don't see a lot of brutality, they feel it), and crushing neglect, all of which might prove intense and difficult to process for young teens and tweens. Expect strong, frequent swearing by both adults and kids (including plenty of "f--k"s and "s--t"s) and a scene that, though the participants aren't fully seen, depicts oral sex that's witnessed by a child.
  • Families can talk about how The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete portrays parenting. Is Mister's mom a bad mother, a victim of her circumstances, or both?
  • Is Mister immune to the pressures of his environment, or has he already begun to be affected by it all? How? What of Pete? How does he maintain his innocence?
  • What role does violence play in the movie -- and in Mister and Pete's community? Is it presented realistically? What are the consequences?
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