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Lift (2001)

Lift

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A thief plans one last heist -- though hardly for the typical reasons -- in this offbeat drama. Neicy (Kerry Washington) is a stylish, well-dressed young woman who maintains an air of intelligent arrogance in her part-time job as a window dresser at an upscale Boston department store. Neicy has a secret to looking good on a window dresser's salary -- she's an expert shoplifter, who has learned how to steal the best outfits for herself and her friends, and occasionally makes a few bucks lifting items she can sell to others (though she charges much less than the market will bear). Neicy's boyfriend Angelo (Eugene Byrd) thinks she ought to get out of shoplifting before she's arrested, but since he makes his living selling marijuana, Neicy doesn't have much respect for his opinions in this area. However, when Neicy discovers she's pregnant, she begins to think that a less risky occupation might be in order after all; her boss at the department store thinks enough of her work to suggest a career in design, and is even willing to give her a better paying job in New York. But Neicy has never gotten much affection from her mother (Lonette McKee) and wants to do something to prove her love; when she sees her mother admiring a beautiful and very expensive necklace, Niecy decides to steal it as a gift for her. However, the jewelry store in question has much better security than the shops Neicy is used to, and she's forced to bring an outside accomplice into the picture -- Christian (Todd Williams), a jewel thief whose demands involve more than just money. The second feature from the writing and directing team of DeMane Davis and Khari Streeter, Lift premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.more
Rating: R (for language, some violence and drug content)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By: , ,
Written By: DeMane Davis, Roman Doronin, Story by DeMane Davis, Khari Streeter
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On DVD: Jul 15, 2003
Runtime:
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Cast

Todd Williams
as Christian
Jacqui Parker
as Aunt Lily
Naheem Allah
as Uncle Michael
Annette Miller
as Miss Kearns
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Critic Reviews for Lift

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

The stuff about the three generations with the family, and the big drama, and the gang stuff that comes up, none of that worked for me, so I have to give it thumbs down.

Full Review… | June 19, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Often incoherent and disappointingly lacking in insights beyond the obvious.

June 13, 2001
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Lift teems with life.

Full Review… | June 13, 2001
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

The acting is not bad, but the film is ill-conceived

November 9, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

A wonderfully acted, finely-crafted project that deserves our attention.

Full Review… | December 8, 2002
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for Lift

Decent crime-drama/heist movie...would have been better with a bigger budget.

Chosen718
Chosen 718

Super Reviewer

Lift is a worthy film that has something to say when it lets the action speak for itself, but when it starts speaking about the action -- the film goes awry.

Kerry Washington was excellent and raw in this film. This is a story about the rocky relationship between a Mom and daughter. A must see!

pieceofmind74
Paulette N.

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