When Malcolm and Sofia’s latest graffiti masterpiece is buffed by a rival gang, these two determined Bronx teens must hustle, steal, and scheme to get spectacular revenge and become the biggest writers in the City.
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Solid first film from Adam Leon. Strong moments that ring true are abundant but the film runs out of steam toward the end. Tashiana Washington carries the movie and hopefully this will be her breakout role.
MUBI! you are on a very slippery slope! firstly I never see films by black directors on here. Then you add this! A film where the black leads calling each other NIGGERS in most scenes written and directed by a white director. This film is garbage! I mean really. Is this be best you can do! I hope not. Please remove this film and act like you are serious in representing black directors and good filmmaking.
Not entirely convincing, but I particularly liked Washington's performance and the distinct NYC vibe. The film also does a nice job of capturing the dichotomy between the sometimes languorous and sometimes frenetic paces of summer.
I heard a lot of wonderful things about this movie, but I couldn't get past the first 30 minutes. Once Malcolm spouted a homophobic insult and the caricature of a privileged, oblivious white blonde girl shows up and starts talking about her international trips abroad, it was just too much for me to handle. I'll finish it someday and see if I was wrong about it all. Haha.
Gimme the Loot is a charmer. So much slapstick, so much energy and fun. I had the good fortune to hang out with Hickson the day it premiered at Cannes. He said he was out skating in NYC and Leon randomly approached him with an offer to act in his films. Totally down to earth guy, totally down to earth story, totally down to earth film.
Beautiful and compelling - I didn't take my eyes off the screen, and loved the little twists and pace and rawness of the characters & dialogue. All that said, I felt a little unsatisfied when it ended - as if it was just a text-book case in crafting a film with good dialogue and characters that couldn't commit to making the social statement it seemed to hint at and then retract throughout.