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Super Reviewer
½ March 26, 2013
'Gimme the Loot'. Three likeable leads including the city of New York, which is very much a character in its own right.
Super Reviewer
March 24, 2013
"Gimme the Loot" starts with Sophia(Tashiana Washington) and Malcolm(Ty Hickson) pocketing as many cans of spray paint as they can handle from a hardware store, with Champion(Meeko) driving the getaway car. Their streak of success continues with their tagging a roof with their handles. But then are angry to find the following morning that a competing crew has painted over it. In order to make a name for themselves and to get revenge against them and Mets fans everywhere, Sophia proposes tagging the giant apple in Citi Field which rises every time the Mets hit a home run. And Malcolm has a contact who can let them in. But that's going to take $500 which they don't currently have. So, Sophia goes to collect an unpaid debt while Malcolm goes to see his employer.

"Gimme the Loot" is a funny, vibrant and fresh caper comedy. As this was probably filmed on a limited budget, first time writer-director Adam Leon makes the most of it by showing quite the talent for composing shots. That especially extends to depicting fast-paced New York City where even the largest dreams are possible(although maybe not a large soda in the near future) but don't try to lose sight of what is closest to you. That's true even in a divided city, just not evenly so, as there is some mix between the classes, especially on the subway, Sophia and Malcolm's favorite mode of transportation. And with all of the corporate graffiti we have to deal with every day, what's wrong with a little personal expression? Just don't mind the petty larceny, and enjoy the rocking cool soundtrack.
March 26, 2013
It speaks volumes to "Gimme the Loot's" totally not showy, completely un-flashy humbleness -- the same sort of elements that go into falling in love -- that writer-director Adam Leon chose to leave his name for last in the movie's closing credits. I'm sure a lot of "Loot" was improvised, but that isn't to forsake Leon's talent as being something to watch; nor is it to ignore the shear standalone excellence of his debut feature. A white guy whose previous credits include production assistant on two films by Woody Allen (who doesn't get much whiter), Leon is strikingly adept at layering language and everyday urban city culture while also able to cross out the static and bullshit to tell a singular story.

"Gimme the Loot" is Spike Lee meets "Exit Through the Gift Shop". You don't have to know -- or even care -- jack about street art for "Loot" to hit a chord. Even the deaf would be head over heels for the physical energy of the lead performances by Tashiana Washington and Ty Hickson, two actors that marriage the spontaneity and sophistication of body motion and words to get at the heart of New York City's fight moves of rush, noise and swagger. They play graffiti artists out to tag the Mets' Home Run Apple to spite a rival crew that paint over their work. "Gimme the Loot" is cinema that feels in-the-moment and alive. Don't make the mistake of looking to it for any larger point, because blink and you'll miss appreciating it as a great movie, gritty and real without ever seeming bleak, because it flat-out no question is.
½ April 21, 2013
Let's face it the multiplex in 2013 thus far has been pretty toxic, but thank god for Video on Demand, which provides some terrific under the radar films that are a welcome and refreshing alternative to Hollwyood trite. Gimme The Loot is certainly one of the best, definitely one of the best films of the year so far. Made on a paltry budget on the streets of New York City in less than a month, Gimme The Loot is a miracle of a film, an exhilarating debut from writer-director Adam Leon. Gimme The Loot is no cookie cutter teen comedy, its a raw and thrilling drama, filled with terrific performances and superb talent.

As for plot, well, it's two tough nights in the lives of Malcolm (Ty Hickson) and Sofia (Tashiana Washington), two teen graffiti artists on a most unusual and daring quest. In the 1980's, wannabe Banksys would storm something called the apple, meaning they would paint their own marks on the giant apple that rose up at Shea Stadium whenever the Mets hit a home run. Only things is, in order to do it now they m ust raise $500 to bribe a guard for access at Citi Field, home to the Mets since 2009. Like the best of indie filmmakers, these kids will do just about anything to achieve their goals.

And that's the films: two kids wielding spray paint cans looking to build their cred. Cops, gangs and a rival crew of graffiti artists from Queens are beside the point. Leon isn't interested in what brings down defiant spirits he's interested in what triumph of those defiant spirits look like. His film is a celebration. There are setbacks but they never get that much in the way.

And Hickson and Washington are outstanding, their amateur talent only gives the sense that what we're seeing is real. Malcolm is looking to bed Ginnie (Zoe Lescaze, excellent), the rich white girl who buys his weed. Their scenes are rich with layers of class differences and status, including the racial kind. Washington is just as great, finding the soft spots in Sofia's emotional armor, but still makes her a force to be reckoned with. Leon makes these bonds palpable. His is a bright future in film and I can't wait to see more.
½ October 8, 2015
POORLY written script. Starts off solid, but then just seems so random and "street" talk so forced and BS, especially the female actress. Also I call BS on "representing" one of the pillars of hip hop, graffiti. BS actors representing something they don't understand or comprehend without living the life so they're performance of it reeks of FAKENESS like most Hollywood movies attempting to portray subcultures.
½ May 3, 2015
What makes this movie work - it could have put "based on a true story" and everyone would believe it. The acting, writing, even the camera work flaws add to a sense of realism other similar films try desperately to achieve.
½ October 19, 2014
Getting a window into a life i am completely unfamiliar with was one of the best parts of this very well crafted film. A hard luck day in the life story of two New York taggers who you spend equal time rooting and feeling bad for. Lots of unique characters from the bizarre to the unlikable populate this world. You realize half of the way though that the goal is not important its all about the journey though this tough but always interesting life.
½ August 21, 2014
This movie was so much better than what I thought it would be. The story was a true breath of fresh air. A simple, humble and tender story line, a wonderfully subtle relationship and a fun and original plot. I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.
½ March 19, 2013
I didn't think this would interest me. I was very wrong. Note, this film is not about wall writing, but rather what folks will do in the name of comeuppance in the face of disrespect.
February 19, 2014
Along with the wining the Grand Jury Prize at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival, Gimme the Loot was nominated for Best First Feature and won the Someone to Watch Award for director Adam Leon at the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards.[20]

Adam Leon received a Gotham Award nomination for "Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director" in 2013.[21]

The film also won Best Director at the Sofia Film Festival and Best Feature at the Molodist Film Festival, with lead actor Ty Hickson receiving a Special Jury Mention
January 28, 2014
Adorable and rewarding, in none of the usual ways.
½ January 9, 2014
I mostly liked it, but even at barely 80 mins, it seems to be running on fumes towards the end, and not to sound like an old man, but the incessant profanity every half second gets old after a while.
December 21, 2013
Funny, fresh and full of life, Gimme the Loot's story is slight but admirable for the characters it creates and the authenticity we feel. It's an indie film not concerned with being overly artistic or pretentious, but rather being refreshingly straightforward in its storytelling. It's the perfect antidote to Frances Ha.
½ January 3, 2014
one of my favourites this year.
½ December 22, 2013
A highly enjoyable and brilliant small film. It's got a great vibe, music and performances from the young cast. Feels very realistic and organic with lots of long takes from a distance. The characters are quirky and funny. Overall really enjoyable and sweet first feature from writer/ director Adam Leon.
December 25, 2013
A boring nigga heist movie.
November 3, 2013
Cute little urban story.
½ November 12, 2013
I LOVED IT!! It's got funny characters who feel like real people. It's got that rough- and -ready immediacy we love in an independent movie. It's got to be seen by more people.
October 8, 2013
Entertaining with some colorful characters. :)
½ September 20, 2013
this is a great frienship tale.i liked the ending- not super obvious. sofia is a bad ass... tough and sweet all at once. it's fun
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