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Review: Gimme The Loot

Updated: Tuesday, May 28 2013, 07:01 PM CDT

Grade: A-

By Ken The Critic @kenthecritic

A winner of SXSW Film Festival and also an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival, you can't go wrong with Gimme The Loot. Jonathan Demme presents this film, giving his stamp of approval. It's quite an indie treasure that has a lot of heart.

In Gimme The Loot, Sofia (Tashiana Washington) and Malcolm (Ty Hickson) are graffiti artists. Their latest piece of art is painted over by some rivals with a replica of the New York Mets home run apple. They decide to get revenge by actually painting (or the term used in this film is called tagging) the real Mets apple.  

Gimme The Loot has a documentary feel to it, even though you know that Sofia and Malcolm are just actors. Their chemistry is strong and they have the closeness that a brother and sister would have. It's interesting watching these African-American characters that are hustling in the Bronx and the way they talk to each other cursing in almost every sentence, but never meaning anything by their words. Director and writer Adam Leon paints the walls of the inner city world by giving us something very realistic. This film is one of a kind and has wonderful performances, especially by the main two actors. 

Check out the trailer here:

Ken's Movie Review Grading Scale

A - Superb and solid; a movie that will be etched in your mind 10 years from now

B - Good movie, so good in fact that you would want to see it again before it's out of the theaters; the story may drag in places

C - Average, entertaining at parts; you might want to wait and rent it

D - Lacks a lot from entertainment, plot, realism, development, etc.

F - Terrible and you will want to walk out of the movie; no redemptive qualities whatsoeverReview: Gimme The Loot

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