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By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Aspiring teen thieves learn the trade; violence, cursing.

Movie NR 2018 108 minutes
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This movie somehow manages to pull back from the brink of all things noir cliché as the action barrels along to a riveting climax. At first, Pickpockets suggests it might be the usual pileup of post-Tarantino tropes -- glorified thieves, sardonically clever crime bosses, humor mined out of self-aware nihilism -- but as it progresses, the substance of the story takes over from the expected noir style. There's enough backstory to Chucho (the elder statesman of pickpockets) and Fresh (the leader of the three teen pickpockets under Chucho's tutelage) to make the action something more than the inherent thrill of stealing from unwitting pedestrians -- just enough to make the viewer root for them, warts and all.

And it's because none of the characters are very decent or kind or trustworthy that the ending is as unpredictable as an ending can be these days. Will everyone die? Will there be double-, triple-, quadruple-crosses until only one emerges victorious? Who will make it out of this relatively unscathed, and how? The second half of the movie is everything you would want from an action-driven noir movie, and while it's easy to think otherwise at the beginning, Pickpockets doesn't disappoint.

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