On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand and from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: LOOSIES (IFC).
I’m not part of the TWILIGHT demo, so my exposure to Peter Facinelli has come mainly through seeing him as self-absorbed doctor Fitch Cooper on Showtime’s NURSE JACKIE. In LOOSIES, directed by Michael Corrente (OUTSIDE PROVIDENCE) and written by Facinelli, the actor uses his leading man looks and winning charm to tell the story of a New York hustler trying to stay ahead of the law.
Michael Corrente, Peter Facinelli
Facinelli’s Bobby spends his days cadging wallets from unsuspecting Wall Streeters, while paying attempting to pay off his deceased father’s debt to loan shark Jax (Vincent Gallo, THE BROWN BUNNY). Even as he dodges the cops on his tail, Fitch must contend with the reappearance of a one-night-stand who is pregnant with his baby.
If it sounds like a lot of traffic for a comedy, it is, but Corrente adeptly keeps LOOSIES jangling along with a sprightly rhythm, which makes up for some of the deficiencies of Facinelli’s dialogue: “I have problems with commitment.” – how did that line make it past the first draft? How did it even make it into the first draft?
Providence-based Corrente combines New York location footage with scenes shot in his hometown and cinematographer Sam Fleischman keeps the combination seamless. Using Canon 5D and 7D cameras, Fleischman achieves a truly filmic look that belies the movie’s digital roots.
LOOSIES also benefits from a surprisingly strong supporting cast that includes Joe Pantoliano (THE SPORANOS), William Forsythe (BOARDWALK EMPIRE), and Michael Madsen (RESERVOIR DOGS). For what is clearly a low-budget film, the presence of such familiar performers lends the film an added air of credibility and adds bulk to the slight story.
Among those old pros, relative newcomer Jaimie Alexander (KYLE XY) acquits herself beautifully as Lucy, the girl who helps Bobby make his not entirely credible leap from thief to respectable citizen. Ethereally lovely, Alexander’s quiet, measured performance balances the testosterone and go-go bounce of the mostly male cast.
While it’s no masterpiece, the small surprises and heart of LOOSIES make it a pleasurable discovery and an easygoing hour and a half. Seek it out on VOD. Go for the Facinelli. Stay for the Masden. Enjoy the Pantoliano.
Chris Claro is a contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. He is a former Director of Promotion for Sundance Channel and now works as a writer, producer, and media educator. He is a regular contributor to dvdverdict.com and contributor to the Eyes and Ears section of huffingtonpost.com
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