Gimme the Loot

"OK"

Gimme the Loot Review


Shot on the streets of New York in a loose, freeform style, this lively comedy-drama feels somewhat underdeveloped, leaving us doubtful about its realism. But the characters are likeable, and their adventures are unlike what we usually see in these kinds of small American movies. So even if the film never quite convinces us to believe its story, it still has plenty of charm.

The focus is on teens Sofia and Malcolm (Washington and Hickson), who scam their way through life, stealing whatever they need. Their big passion is tagging the city with their graffiti, and they dream of doing a big stunt in the Mets' stadium to get some attention. But they need $500 to bribe their way in, so Sofia tries to collect some debts and sell some merchandise. Meanwhile, Malcolm makes a drug delivery to a rich girl (Lescaze) who flirts so relentlessly that he falls for her, even as he hatches a plan to return and steal her antique jewellery collection. But getting the cash together is taking too long.

The best thing about the film is the way Sofia and Malcolm are portrayed as smart kids who don't intend to be criminals: they just don't know how else to make a living. Of course, the irony is lost on them that all of this scamming is a lot harder than actually working a job. But their banter is intelligent and often very funny, as Sofia insults everyone she meets while Malcolm can't help but be likably goofy. And we also know that all of this effort is a bit pointless, since neither of them are that desperate.

Filmmaker Leon is careful to let us glimpse their quite decent home-lives, to put all of this in context, although he never makes it clear why they are so impatiently obsessed with this whole Mets stunt. What makes the film enjoyable is the improv-style interaction, which is packed with sassy attitude and awkward bravado. Some of this feels overplayed, as if we're watching actors workshop these characters rather than live like them. But even if they don't always convince us, we can't help but enjoy their amusing adventures.

Rich Cline



Gimme the Loot

Facts and Figures

Genre: Comedy

Run time: 81 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 2nd January 2013

Box Office USA: $97.8k

Distributed by: IFC Films

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Fresh: 59 Rotten: 5

IMDB: 6.6 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Adam Leon

Producer: Dominic Buchanan, Natalie Difford, Jamund Washington

Starring: Tashiana Washington as Sofia, Ty Hickson as Malcolm, Zoë Lescaze as Ginnie

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Captain America: Civil War Movie Review

Captain America: Civil War Movie Review

After the formulaic thrills of The Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron, Marvel's Avengers were...

Son of Saul Movie Review

Son of Saul Movie Review

From Hungary, this year's Oscar-winning foreign film is a remarkably fresh take on the Holocaust...

Demolition Movie Review

Demolition Movie Review

With its darkly emotive themes and brittle humour, this well-made drama by Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas...

Bastille Day Movie Review

Bastille Day Movie Review

An attempt to muscle in on Luc Besson's Taken-style of thriller, this is an odd...

Secret Cinema Presents: 28 Days Later Movie Review

Secret Cinema Presents: 28 Days Later Movie Review

Expectations are a problem with this year's Secret Cinema event. After the jaw-dropping, goosebump-inducing surprises...

Jane Got a Gun Movie Review

Jane Got a Gun Movie Review

With its grindingly low-key tension and unusual perspectives, this Western has a chance to revamp...

Criminal Movie Review

Criminal Movie Review

Almost criminally entertaining, this preposterous thriller mixes buckets of humour and emotion into the violent,...

Advertisement
The Jungle Book Movie Review

The Jungle Book Movie Review

Using remarkably photorealistic animation, this remake of the 1967 Disney classic is warm and enjoyable,...

Eye in the Sky Movie Review

Eye in the Sky Movie Review

Almost forensic in its approach, this smart thriller explores a drone strike from a variety...

Midnight Special Movie Review

Midnight Special Movie Review

Gifted director Jeff Nichols takes on another genre in his fourth film with actor Michael...

Boulevard Movie Review

Boulevard Movie Review

This dark, introspective drama hinges on one of Robin Williams' final film performances before his...

The Huntsman: Winter's War Movie Review

The Huntsman: Winter's War Movie Review

Aside from success at the box office, there was nothing about 2012's rather uneven fantasy...

Black Mountain Poets Movie Review

Black Mountain Poets Movie Review

It's fairly obvious that the cast and crew began making this film with only the...

Victoria Movie Review

Victoria Movie Review

One of the most breathtaking films of the year, this ambitious story shifts from a...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.