The Best Thief in the World

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  • R
  • 2004
  • 1 hr 33 min
  • 5.1  (543)

The Best Thief in the World is a 2004 independent drama film that follows a young boy named Izzy (Michael Silverman) who has a penchant for stealing. The movie was directed by Jacob Kornbluth and starred Mary-Louise Parker, David Warshofsky, and Michael Silverman. The film is set in New York City, where Izzy lives with his parents, his sister Sabrina, and his grandfather. Izzy is a bright and intelligent boy who has a great ability to focus, but he also has a compulsion to steal things, no matter how small or valuable they may be. His parents are aware of his thieving tendencies, but they have trouble understanding it, let alone controlling it. They enlist the help of a therapist, but his obsession with stealing only grows more intense.

Despite his family's best efforts, Izzy is unable to control his thieving impulses. One day, while on a school field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Izzy steals a valuable Egyptian artifact. He is soon caught and arrested, which leads his parents to seek a more radical solution to his problem.

In his quest to become the best thief in the world, Izzy enlists the help of his grandfather, who was himself a thief in his youth. Together, they embark on a series of daring heists throughout the city, stealing everything from expensive jewelry to priceless artwork. Izzy's parents are horrified by his actions and are at a loss as to how to help their troubled son.

Izzy's journey to become the best thief in the world is both thrilling and dangerous, as he must elude the authorities while also trying to contain his addiction. Along the way, he meets a young girl named Sue who has been abandoned by her parents and lives on the streets. Sue becomes Izzy's partner-in-crime, and their friendship helps to ground him and give him a sense of purpose.

The Best Thief in the World is a thought-provoking film that explores issues of addiction, mental illness, and the desperate desire for control. It is a character-driven story that centers on Izzy's struggle to understand himself and his place in the world. The film is beautifully shot, capturing the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, and the performances by the cast are excellent, particularly young Michael Silverman as Izzy.

Overall, The Best Thief in the World is a powerful and engaging film that asks important questions about what drives us to do the things we do, and how we can find our way back from the brink. It is a must-see for anyone who enjoys thought-provoking dramas, and a testament to the power of independent cinema.

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    1 hr 33 min
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    5.1  (543)