When Jennifer Hudson won the Oscar for Dreamgirls, many naysayers thought that it wasn’t fair, as her role was more about the singing than the acting. Now, it looks like she’s set to dispel any remaining doubts about her dramatic skills with a heavyweight role in The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete, a drama co-produced by Alicia Keys which is set to premiere at Sundance.
In the George Tillman, Jr. directed film, Jennifer Hudson plays a drug addicted mother who leaves her 14-year-old son to fend for himself when she gets arrested. It looks gritty and harrowing and potentially good. Here is Sundance’s description:
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.
What do you think? Personally, I think it could very easily turn out to be one of those unrealistically “inspiring” Oscar-bait flicks that 30 Rock parodied so expertly with Hard To Watch. But from this wee clip, I also think Jennifer Hudson is going to be good in it. The kid looks like a fine young actor, too. At the very least, this could be the role that makes people respect her as an actress, and not just a singer/actress.