“The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete,” praised by Michelle Obama, is actually quite good

As I’ve explained in this 40,000+ word post, I am no fan of President Obama. So when I recently read this article where Michelle Obama praised the recent movie “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete,” I was expecting it to be left wing propaganda.

Boy, was I wrong.

Having just watched the movie, I was pleasantly surprised to see that it is heavily critical of heroin use, prostitution, and child molestation, and that it portrays education and work in a positive light. There’s even a scene that praises a big chain, corporate supermarket as being far superior to a mom and pop grocery store.

The two lead characters are boys named Mister and Pete, who are ages 13 and 10, respectively.

Mister’s mother is a heroin addicted prostitute. One day, Mister goes to the store, buys a newspaper, brings it home, circles a bunch of help wanted ads, and shows it to his mother. He tells her that he circled the ones that she’s qualified for, and that they probably wouldn’t care about background checks. She objects, saying that those jobs are beneath her.

The point of this scene is that any legal, legitimate job, even one with low wages, is deserving of respect. Her rejection of such jobs is portrayed in a negative light. The fact that she’d rather work as a prostitute is seen through the eyes of her son as being very sad.

In the real world, the radical left hates big chain supermarkets. For example, in Chicago, radical leftist activists prevented Wal-Mart from opening a new supermarket. So, Wal-Mart opened the new supermarket one block outside the city. 24,500 people applied for the store’s 325 job openings, and 98% of them listed Chicago as their address. Clearly, these radical leftist activists do not care about those people who applied to work at Wal-Mart, or about the people who are now happily choosing to shop there. These radical leftists are acting against the interests of the people who live in Chicago.

By contract, “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete” portrays a big chain supermarket in a very positive light. In the movie, the local mom and pop grocery store has rotting fruit, and is run a guy who falsely accuses Mister of being a thief. By contrast, the big chain supermarket in the movie is shown to have an abundance of high quality food, and the employee that Mister talks with is quite friendly toward him.

In real life, a movie director named Roman Polanski drugged and raped a 13 year old girl. More than 100 people in the film industry, including Woody Allen, Terry Gilliam, John Landis, David Lynch, and Martin Scorsese, signed a petition calling for Polanski to be released from jail. This is sick, filthy, and disgusting.

By contrast, the child molestor in “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete” is portrayed in a very negative light. The devastating  effects that molestation has on its victim, Pete, is revealed several times in the movie when Pete seems to have an obsession with “privacy.”

My point here is that conservatives and libertarians should not dismiss this movie just because it was praised by Michelle Obama. This is an excellent film, and it deserves to be seen.

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February 6, 2014. Tags: , , , , . Movies, Politics.

2 Comments

  1. Roseanna Nicoletti Andres replied:

    Thank you for your honest review . You are correct. I’ve seen it happen with Bush , Clinton, and Regan , just because we disagree or even ” detest” the presidents politics , we must learn , to be honest, civil and fair in our assessments. You lead by example Dan.

  2. Anon Ymous replied:

    I had much the same reaction to the movie. The themes were surprisingly conservative/libertarian. In fact, I’d even go further and talk about some of the anti government themes in the movie:

    1.) Drug usage is portrayed in a negative light (as it should be). The drug war is also portrayed in a negative light (as it should be). The mother was taken away from her child as a result of the drug war and her own responsibility.

    2.) The state’s foster care system is portrayed in a negative light. Indeed, most of the movie is about the boys trying to avoid the overbearing authority figures trying to force them into the inadequate system.

    3.) Mister was not allowed to even audition for the show or get a job because of child labor laws. This movie shows the harm of infringing on freedom of contract and not allowing people who want to work to work.

    4.) Mister and his mother were poor DESPITE welfare. Indeed, the movie showed that the welfare system and public housing were not really helping reduce poverty. The central message was that a cultural change was needed to really make a dent in poverty.

    Very libertarian/conservative movie and I enjoyed it.

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