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Director  Ilya Chaiken
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Country  United States
6.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Writer  Ilya Chaiken
Language  English
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Release date  June 2007 (2007-06) (Los Angeles Film Festival)

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Liberty Kid is a 2007 low-budget American film directed by Ilya Chaiken.

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Plot summary

Two friends Derrick and Tico lost their jobs at a concession stand at the Statue of Liberty because of 9/11. In order to make money, they become drug dealers and participate in insurance scams. Derrick wants to go to college and has to support his two kids. When recruiters from the army come, Derrick decides to join the army because he is told that he'll get money for college and live rent free. When he tells his mom his decision, she says that she is afraid that he'll have to go to war. The recruiter tells him that his mom is only worried because it is her job as a mom.

Reception

The film got 87% on Rotten Tomatoes out of 15 reviews.

Stephen Farber, of The Hollywood Reporter, said that even though "Liberty Kid" is a small film, much of it is deeply poignant; it enhances our compassion for all the ghosts of Sept. 11. Its cautiously optimistic conclusion also strikes a welcome note without falling into sentimentality. Bilge Ebiri, of The Nerve, said that a lesser director would have played this story for cheap emotions. But to her eternal credit, Chaiken keeps her movie grounded in her characters, allowing Thompson and Savinon's true-to-life performances to carry us through what is, on paper, an elaborate plot. Don Willmot, of Film Critic, said that Thompson and Savinon are a terrific pair and deserve big parts in bigger films.

Awards

The film won Best Film at the New York Latino Film Festival. The film won Critics' Pick from both The New York Times and New York Magazine.

Film festivals

The film played at New York Latino Film Festival, the Woodstock Film Festival, and the Atlanta Film Festival.

DVD release

The DVD has an audio commentary by Chaiken, Thompson and SaviƱon, deleted scenes, behind the scenes featurette, photo gallery, and conversations with Iraq War veterans as special features. The DVD is in 5.1 stereo sound.

References

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Liberty Kid IMDb Liberty Kid themoviedb.org


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