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Kicks (2016)

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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.


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Credited cast:
... Brandon
... Albert
... Rico
... Flaco
... Marlon
Rxchie ... Basketball Player
... The Astronaut
Koran Streets ... Trev
Dante Clark ... Gabe
Donté Clark ... Ryan
... Daryl
Nessma Ismail ... Gorda
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Girl at School
... Basketball Player
Rudy Corpuz ... Big Mo


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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Release Date:

9 September 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ayakkabilar  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,111, 11 September 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$145,368, 25 September 2016
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Did You Know?


Adele Romanski produced both Kicks and Moonlight (2016) in the same year, which both feature Mahershala Ali portraying a drug dealer. 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 See 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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