2013 is proving to be a good year for micro-budgeted, deeply-felt comedies about teenagers in the Bronx. Hot on the heels of Michel Gondry's The We and the I comes Adam Leon's Gimme the Loot, which looks at the same world in a very different way. Platonic friends Sophia (Tashiana Washington) and Malcolm (Ty Hickson) are weed couriers and graffiti-writers looking to score $500 in order to "bomb the apple" — a non-violent, graffiti-based prank which might have been a more descriptive title than Gimme the Loot, were it not still too soon for a movie called Bomb the Apple — and are having a bad day while doing it, including encounters with gangs from Queens, the teases of a flirty rich girl (Zoë Lescaze), and the dubious help of a tattooed crook (Meeko Gattuso) whose refusal to use Google may be his undoing. Good-natured and never preachy, Gimme the Loot feels like the kind of slice-of-life movie Robert Altman might have made, especially during the many long, wide-angle shots of Malcolm and Sophia walking and talking down busy streets or through the park, past New Yorkers who sure don't look like they know they're being filmed. They're lucky to have wound up in such an entertaining movie.
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