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Monday, July 29, 2013
Review: Gimme the Loot (Adam Leon, 2013)
Gimme the Loot won the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW in 2012 and writer/director Adam Leon was nominated for Best First Feature and the Someone to Watch Award at the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards. These worthy accolades have just been the beginning, as this authentic, energetic and small-scale caper comedy has continued to win over audiences. Branded with it’s own language it has current appeal and is sure to please at this year’s Possible Worlds Festival.
In this NYC-set story of two teens who face repeated foils in their determined pursuit of a unique experience – exerting revenge against a rival graffiti gang by tagging a landmark at the New York Mets stadium – the success rests on Leon’s verite style, street-smart writing, and the natural chemistry between the impressive leads. They share an impeccable rapport, their increasing desperation resulting in a series of unexpected events that contribute to this taut, wholesomely endearing and joyously entertaining adventure.