FilmNovember 1, 2012 at 5:13 am

“Gimme the Loot” is Teenagers Tagging Things

Adam Leon’s “Gimme the Loot” follows two teenage graffiti artists out to tag a New York icon. Shot guerilla–style and propelled by a cast of largely non–professional actors, the narrative is loose on plot but rich in atmosphere, offering audiences a laid–back, intimate encounter with the surprisingly endearing world of teenage crime. Though “Gimme the Loot” brushes against themes of race and class, it never bludgeons its viewers with social messages just because it can. Its characters aren’t tragic urban archetypes — they’re refreshingly normal teenagers whose adventures and romances just happen to be set against a backdrop of robbery and weed.

4/5 Stars

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