Brandon is a 15 year old whose dream is a pair of fresh Air Jordans. Soon after he gets his hands on them, they're stolen by a local hood, causing Brandon and his two friends to go on a dangerous mission through Oakland to retrieve them.


Justin Tipping
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jahking Guillory ... Brandon
Christopher Meyer ... Rico
Christopher Jordan Wallace ... Albert
Kyndall ... Lila (as Kendall Ferguson)
Just N. Time Just N. Time ... Cameron (as Justin Hall)
Rodney Collins Rodney Collins ... Cool Rap Kid
Joe Njoku-Obi Joe Njoku-Obi ... Shoe Store Employee
Mistah F.A.B. ... Crazy Daryl (as Stanley Cox)
Zinnia Vilce Zinnia Vilce ... Alexa
Lamont Johnson ... Dwayne
Kofi Siriboe ... Flaco
Destini Huston Destini Huston ... Girl in Park
Michael Smith Jr. Michael Smith Jr. ... Jeremiah
Mahershala Ali ... Marlon
Donté Clark Donté Clark ... Ryan


Fifteen-year-old Brandon longs for a pair of the freshest sneakers that money can buy, assuming that merely having them on his feet will help him escape the reality of being poor, neglected by the opposite sex and picked on by everyone - even his best friends. Working hard to get them, he soon finds that the titular shoes have instead made him a target after they are promptly snatched by Flaco, a local hood. Brandon goes on a mission to retrieve his stolen sneakers.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


They aren't just shoes.


Adventure | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, drug/alcohol use and language throughout, and sexual content - involving teens | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The Air Jordan's $300 tag given in the movie is an inflated price due to its popularity in Brandon's area. Actual prices range from $160 to $180 and the shoe is still available to this day in multiple styles from children's basketball shoes to trainers. They are a basketball shoe made by Nike released in 1985 originally for the price tag of $65. See more »


Brandon: [V.O] Sometimes I wish I had a spaceship... just hang out in space where it's quiet and no one could mess with me.
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KICKS is Top Five Film of 2016
16 September 2016 | by samf2006See all my reviews

1. Jordan Bred 1's 2. Fresh perspective from director Justin Tipping.

3. The first film to my knowledge to incorporate BART as a character.

4. The first film to shine some light on the sneaker culture.

5. The film has characters who feel real to their environment.

6. My favorite character in the film was Flaco, I like flawed people who are more than what they seem on the surface, he had a certain presence that was haunting.

7. I loved the astronaut, once he appeared the film took on a somewhat surreal feel for me, it added a unique flavor to the picture.

8. I really admire the director Justin Tipping, he made the film he wanted to make and that's what I plan to do.

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Release Date:

9 September 2016 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Oakland, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,111, 11 September 2016

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