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Family Movie Review: Gimme the Loot (NR)

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MPAA Rating: NR       Length: 81 minutes

Age Appropriate for: 15+. The movie is NR, but would probably clock in at around a PG-13 (or basically a R, based on the casual use of the f-word). Its main premise is graffiti art, which is an illegal activity; the film doesn’t really pass any judgment on the teens doing it, though. There’s also some cursing, kissing, discussion of sexual activity, and drug dealing. But ultimately this is a story about two best friends just trying to get a little bit of recognition in a big city, and the film’s focus on their friendship will be important for middle to older teen viewers.

Teenagers just looking to make their mark on the world—that storyline isn’t really anything new. But how ‘Gimme the Loot,’ which focuses on two best friends who happen to be burgeoning graffiti artists, handles that desire for recognition is very charming indeed. The film is full of energy and life, so enthusiastic about its characters and their version of New York City that you’ll certainly forget that most of what they’re doing is illegal—even though it’s helping them find out who they are.

By Roxana Hadadi

Stealing, dealing drugs, hustling—those aren’t exactly activities parents would want to see their children engaging in. But what if those teens’ parents aren’t around? What if they had to make it on their own? What if their primary dream, their desire to make a very literal mark on the world, could only be accomplished through grinding to make ends meet?

That all sounds very ethically contentious and morally mysterious, but “Gimme the Loot,” a film about two teenagers trying to scrounge up $500 so they can sneak into New York City’s Citi Field in Queens to spraypaint a message on the baseball diamond’s big red apple emblazed with the New York Mets logo, doesn’t present its characters as villains or heroes. They’re just kids trying to survive in the city, trying to gain a little bit of recognition. What teen doesn’t want that?

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