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Liberty Kid (2008)



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Director Ilya Chaiken explores the lives of Tico and Derrick, two friends and former Statue of Liberty employees who lost their jobs in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. Tico is a quick-tempered youth who responds to his unemployment dilemma by dabbling in petty street crime and half-baked scams. Meanwhile, Tico's friend Derrick becomes convinced that the only means of providing for his family is to finally give in to the persistent Army recruiters who have been hounding him for months. As the situation begins to get desperate and neither of the pair proves successful at landing a legitimate job, each struggles to make ends meet by any means necessary.

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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (9)

[Director] Chaiken has a keen eye and ear for street-level realism and an evident love of the city's as-yet-ungentrified fringes.

Full Review… | February 1, 2008
Los Angeles Times
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There is no shortage of films about the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but there is a lack of good ones. The low-budget indie Liberty Kid, produced by downtown auteur Larry Fessenden, is one of those that succeeds.

Full Review… | January 11, 2008
New York Post
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Evident throughout is Chaiken's ability to patiently build a scene without fanfare or artifice.

Full Review… | January 10, 2008
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The strong performances and Chaiken's vivid NYC locations, lend the film unexpected resonance.

Full Review… | January 10, 2008
L.A. Weekly
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Even though Liberty Kid is a small film, much of it is deeply poignant; it enhances our compassion for all the ghosts of Sept. 11.

January 10, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
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Chaiken's subtle narrative touch, along with the exceptionally strong performances of leads Al Thompson and Kareem Savinon, gives this one a rare emotional pull.

Full Review… | January 10, 2008
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Well acted, but the film is all build-up, and no conclusion. Ultimately, it is a story about nothing. I liked it, but then left feeling unsatisfied at the end, as if I'd wasted two hours of my life.

Bill Jones
Bill Jones

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