It’s been a while since we’ve had a street-scene movie as rough and tender and right as “Gimme the Loot,” a fable about getting by on a summer’s day in the boroughs of New York. Written and directed by Adam Leon, the film looks like it cost two nickels to make (coins or bags, take your pick), but it keeps its sights low and focused on the neighborhood hum and casual Darwinism of life in the city.
Our heroes — you might not call them that, but that’s your business — are Sofia (Tashiana Washington) and Malcolm (Ty Hickson), teenage partners in petty crime, graffiti-tagging, and the general hustle. The film opens with the two stealing cans of spray paint from a Brooklyn hardware store, but their big dream is to tag the untaggable: the giant Home Run Apple in the Mets’ home stadium of Citi Field. (Sofia, a cultural nostalgist, refuses to call it anything but Shea.)