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Gimme the Loot 2013 NR CC

(9) IMDb 6.6/10
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2 young graffiti artists embark on an epic urban adventure.

Tashiana Washington, Ty Hickson
1 hour, 20 minutes

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Adam Leon
Starring Tashiana Washington, Ty Hickson
Supporting actors Meeko, Sam Soghor, Adam Metzger, Greyson Cruz, James Harris Jr., Zoë Lescaze, Joshua Rivera, Melvin Mogoli, Leah Hennessey, Howard Donowitz, Konstantinos Kliakas, Angelo Rodriguez, Nicole M. Ayala, Stephanie Solis, Jose Rivera, Nick Zayas, Hasham Kassim, Chris Bond
Studio Sundance Selects
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alan Sharpe on May 3, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Had been hearing about this film for over a year. Finally saw it when it had a limited release here in Washington, DC and was blown away.

Had to return to the theater a few nights later to see it again. The writing, directing, cinematography and acting were all first rate! It had a loose, informal, shaggy dog tale quality that was relaxed, entertaining...and deceptive. A second viewing made it quite clear how much thought, planning and care had gone into working out every detail to make it seem improvisational when it actually wasn't.

Definitely NOT a crime drama. To categorize it, thus would be a mistake.

It is funny, adept, charming and filled with subtle well-observed behavior that make it an enjoyable character study and an EXCELLENT DATE MOVIE or film to watch with a bunch of friends. Soundtrack was an added, and astute bonus, that fortunately avoided the obvious cliche's.
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Format: DVD
Adam Leon's "Gimme The Loot" doesn't have an expansive plot or lofty ambitions, and that's probably a good thing. It really doesn't need them. This is a small slice of life comedy that seeks to be a raucous entertainment about two graffiti street artists looking to make their mark on the world. In order to pull off the ultimate "bomb," they've got to raise some quick cash through any means necessary. And their largely illegal misadventures fuel confrontations, near romances, multiple acts of larceny, and lots of profane banter. Newcomers Ty Hickson (Malcolm) and Tashiana Washington (Sofia) play the leads with much energy, bravado, and swagger. But in the quieter moments, the sweetness of their friendship lies at the heart of the movie. Let's be honest. These two get into non-stop illegal mischief and still manage to be likable! That's a real accomplishment to Leon's screenplay (he was the movie's writer and director). It makes these teens seem refreshingly real. For the record, I don't find stealing at all funny, but Hickson and Washington spend most of the day with their big capers and schemes backfiring into their faces. And this provides for plenty of amusement.

The movie opens with Malcolm and Sofia shoplifting a ridiculous amount of spray paint from a local hardware store. (As a personal aside, I've been in the retail arena for much of my life and find this pretty loathsome. However, it happens and just as blatantly. I could tell you stories). As aspiring graffiti big shots in the Bronx, their efforts are generally destroyed or overshadowed by a rival gang. Malcolm comes up with a plan to ascend to the throne, so to speak, with an act of legendary significance. They can tag bomb the New York Mets' home run apple, a plot of almost mythical proportions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roland E. Zwick on December 8, 2013
Format: DVD
Melodrama is easy; it’s real-life that is hard - to depict on screen, that is.

The low-budget independent comedy/drama “Gimme the Loot” proves that when you have a talented director and cast to work with - even with limited resources - it can be done.

The movie features two streetwise kids, Malcolm and Sophia, who scrape by on grifting and scamming in a world full of grifters and scammers, with time out for the occasional drug sale or corner store heist just to keep life interesting. Their greatest kicks, however, lie in getting their spray paint cans out and emblazoning a wall with their artwork. They’re clearly a product of the environment in which they‘ve been raised. Sophia, in particular, takes no guff from the equally streetwise people who try to do to her what she does to others. She knows the rules of the streets better than any of them, and she’s not about to let anyone else get the upper hand over her. Malcolm seems to be a bit more of a novice when it comes to mastering the territory, but his innate charm, goofy, disarming smile, and lanky awkwardness are crucial elements in his getting what he wants from others. Malcolm and Sophia are platonic best friends from way back, but they banter and bicker and complete one another like an old married couple.

“Gimme the Loot’”s greatest triumph lies in making two characters, who should by all rights be fairly loathsome based on what they do, wholly likable and appealing to the audience. This is due in no smart measure to the extraordinarily engaging performances by Ty Hickson and Tatiana Washington whose relaxed naturalism gives the film that air of freshness and authenticity so crucial to making it work. It’s the verisimilitude that draws us in and the believability that keeps us there.
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Gimme The Loot is a film I found out about from a list regarding the 100 best films on Netflix right now. From the description I saw being mentioned parts in the film such as witty dialogue that included a character that talks about how condoms should be more like a yamaka where it just covers the tip. This alone grabbed my attention because I love films where you can get lost in the dialogue. Two of my favorite directors, Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith are both masters of interesting dialogue.

The film's main plot revolves around two graffiti writers who are determined to tag the apple that pops up whenever the New York Mets hit a home run.This was a concept that really captured my imagination. In my twenty two years of existence, I had never even considered or heard about people trying to tag the apple where the New York Mets play, and yet it sounds so simple and something I should've heard about years ago.

This film blows me away because it's a film where literally nothing happens, and yet I still love this movie. At one point we have a fairly long scene with two guys attempting to pick the lock of a girl's apartment, and with it ending with the guy pick locking the door giving up and storming off like a little bitch. Pretty much nothing in this film gets accomplished, and yet I loved every minute of it. I guess this speaks for how great the dialogue is.

Gimme The Loot feels like a documentary on everyday life in the New York City neighborhoods it takes place in. Without a doubt, one of the best street films since Do The Right Thing and even with Adam Leon's directing career only including one short and this film, I feel like he's currently better at being Spike Lee than Spike Lee is.
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