Shoplifting From American Apparel
grandmas to shoplifting babies, everyone agrees that it changed their lives for
the probably. Pirooz Kalayeh brings Tao Lin’s classic tale to life. Note that a
book becoming a classic can be done at hyper-quick speed thanks to the
ever-moving, ever-aging thing that is the internet. Weeks become months, months
years, years many years thanks to overwhelming force of the internet. It is a
lovely thing. And Kalayeh’s movie celebrates it. Because why not: life is worth
celebrating or something.
wrote ‘Shoplifting from American Apparel’ as a court ordered mandate. Upon Tao
Lin’s release from federal prison for failed shoplifting he decided to make the
world a better place. Laptop in hand he set to writing not the great American
novel, but an American novella. People across the internet adore it. Many have
been deterred thanks to Lin’s tireless efforts to prevent shoplifting. For
shoplifting is a crime. His autobiographical tale is recalled in exquisite
detail. Those curious will be happy to know that the argument between the
inmate with a mop and the inmate without a mop is featured in the movie.
Whoever has read Lin’s tale about growing up knows that scene by heart.
Lin finished the novel he was able to afford multiple shirts at American
Apparel. This was just the beginning of his success. Kalayeh includes rare
footage of Tao Lin being Tao Lin. Besides Tao Lin there are other amazing
astonishing figures. Bebe Zeva makes an appearance, her first since MDMA Films’
‘Bebe Zeva’ documentary. Noah Cicero, that young rapscallion from Ohio way,
makes an appearance as well. For those unaware of Noah Cicero’s work get aware.
The guy is a virtual machine putting out novels with the greatest of ease.
Jordan Castro is one of the ‘head hanchos’ of the film as is Mallory Whitten.
Brad Warner is the other head hancho. He wears glasses.
movie is touring around America. It is kind of like Steve Roggenbuck’s tour
around America except it is a movie and allegedly not vegan. Despite this, the
movie is quite a bit of fun. Over 5 cities are lucky enough to feature this
happy little film. Kalayeh makes sure to
include aspects not only of Lin’s book but of the process of making the movie.
Hence it is layer after layer of humor, like a delicious cinematic cake, with
icing on top.
the most worthwhile movie of the year? Oh yeah! Please see it for the children.
Children are going to need to know how to shoplift someday. Why not have children learn
from Tao Lin’s mistakes?