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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

A comfortable long distance friendship becomes very uncomfortable when the distance is removed, between these two loners, physically and emotionally.

Author: Nancy Capone from United States
31 March 2011

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This movie is unique in a whole lot of small, simple, good ways. For one thing, unlike most adult male friendship movies, beer, flatulence, sex and war are not factors. And unlike most independent, small relationship movies, it doesn't bend over to kiss some smug arty film-goer's butt with ridiculous new-age metrosexual renaissance men.

Fred and Vinnie are these two semi-outsidery meek guys with a realistically warm and supportive long-distance friendship. Then you see this simple and realistic change happening when they actually, awkwardly, wind up living together.

There are goofball comedy moments and clever-funny moments and definitely there's a ton of pathos ... so it's a little hard to characterize. In the end, it's more of a think-piece than anything else. But it doesn't seem that way at the time you're watching it, which is a good thing.

I love that it doesn't condescend or get deliberately deep. It doesn't have any pretense. The movie's whole look, and the score and everything has sort of a grown up Charlie Brown vibe.

The characters (Fred and Vinnie) are painfully sincere and pretty isolated in the world. They count on the friendship. They need one another. The particulars of who they are and their ridiculous delusions ... these things make them feel like people and not products of a screenwriter's mind (Fred is played by the real Fred, who wrote the thing based on a chapter in his life, and Vinnie is played by this incredible Angelo Tsouchas (sp?) actor guy).

It sounds dumb any time you talk about deep stuff, but this little movie really hits all the big universal quandaries in human relationships. How close is too close? Are we really our brother's keeper? How can I appreciate you if you won't go away?

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Fred & Vinnie... Extremely Heartfelt Story of Two Friends

Author: itsmissnormadesmond from sunset blvd
7 January 2012

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After watching Fred & Vinnie... I was so touched. I was crying... Minutes before... I'd been laughing so hard, it was bothering my neighbors. The ending, while based on a true story, caught me totally by surprise. It was a sad and shocking jolt. How fragile and fleeting time is, and goes by at the speed of light without notice. It inspired me to call and make up with an old friend, whom I'd recently had a falling out with. Thank you so much for sharing such a personal story. A+++ I have recommended this film and the trailer to all of my friends, who are all part Fred or Vinnie in some way. They've all seen bits of it and enjoyed it. Great film! The cast of characters is very relatable to this long time Hollywood resident and recluse.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Sometimes it is better to leave old things as they are ...

Author: Kuronue78 from Czech Republic
11 May 2011

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At the same time funny and moving film, made ​​directly to my taste. The story of people who, though it seems not for this world too much importance, and yet we need to know about them because when we think they are everywhere around us. Intimate story of friendship between two men who meet together for years through phone and tell your experiences of your life. On the one hand, Fred, the quiet and desperate little man who tries to assert itself in Hollywood as an actor, has problems with women and visits a psychologist. And then there's Vinnie, the man buried in debt and his whole world is a couch, TV and candy. Vinnie is literally hungry for Fred's adventures, whether any one day and decides his "old" friend to visit...

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6 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

Fred Stoller - funny, real, and a real story teller.

Author: Heather Henderson from United States
15 December 2011

I had no idea that I was in for such a special film. Fred & Vinnie was heartwarming and reminded me of a time in my own life. I laughed and cried. Cliché but true.

The story was so authentic that it really impressed me. At no time during that film did I ever feel like I was watching a joke. The whole time I knew I was seeing something real. The acting was wonderful, comic timing - completely believable. Editing was perfect.

The use of lighting and color was inspirational. The way the movie transports you through time and makes you feel as uncomfortable as the star does while laughing through tears was absolutely magical.

I really enjoyed this film.

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Not Just Another Buddy Film

Author: njpilgrims
10 May 2011

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We've all know this guy. Mine was "Buck-Fifty Bob." We'd met on the beach in Jupiter, Florida and immediately had something in common, I was minding my own business and he was too.

Let me back track. As usual, my day/ life was in the shitter and I'd decided to spend some retrospective time on the beach. It's always been my place of refuge and solace. With miles of beach to be had this guy decides to get all up in my grill ignoring obvious boundaries, because when you're feeling ugly, depressed and alone the last thing you want is attention from a good looking man. Right? Talk about desperate and vulnerable. Was I wearing a sign? $1.50 was attractive, older, I like both of these things, and the best part of all, he liked me. OK, like is a strong word. Tolerated? Endured? Lusted? As losers go, we were a 'match made in heaven.'

Several hours later I left the beach and went to work. Within an hour or so, he showed up. I was smitten. That's all it took in those days. Depressed, lonely, ugly girls are easily soothed with the attention of a man and easily justify things like rap sheets, ex-wives and matriarchal subterranean accommodations.

We became inseparable, well as inseparable as one could be with two jobs, me not him. But I found things to love about him. He loved to read, was in OK shape, his kitchen skills were impeccable and matched only by the heat in the bedroom. He was so very thoughtful (cheap) like the time he made me stuffed shells for Valentine's Day and kept the pot at his house so they wouldn't go bad in the car ride to my place. You just don't find guys like that every day. A guy who sleeps on his friend's couch, doesn't have a job, lied about being divorced, lied about having a kid, and got his nickname because the only place he ever took me was to the $1.50 movies. What a catch!

"Fred and Vinnie" written by Fred Stoller and directed by Steve Skrovan, is a quiet, lovely, hilarious, heartfelt film study of characters we all know and probably are. Two friends, Fred and Vinnie have known each other a lifetime, spend hours upon hours talking and sharing intimate moments of experiences. In other words, minding each other's business and yet, never really know each other at all, well that is until Vinnie moves in.

From here we watch the internal struggles as two grown men, set in their ways, attempt to keep their relationship afloat while refusing to resurrect from the pigeonholes that suffocate them. Theirs is a relationship of mutual respect, compassion, disappointment and frustration. There are moments of understanding, anger and resentment.

Fred Stoller is the "Freddie" who plays himself in this film, an actor, stand-up, writer guy with intermittent work who lives a modest life, has trouble with women, and looks to Vinnie (Angelo Tsarouchas) for comfort with phone calls recounting his daily misery. Vinnie, Freddie's $1.50 Bob is a self-imposed recluse of sorts who sleeps all day on 'his' couch, eats mountains of candy, smokes, weighs about 350 lbs, give or take, and lives vicariously through Fred hanging on his every word. Fred's life propels him to need Vinnie's attention and Vinnie needs a lot, but he's just happy needing Fred at the moment, well, Fred and baseball cards.

What's most disturbing is we've all been either one or both of these guys, we've been the functionally working but not really working guy barely making ends meet, we've been the generous-to-a-fault-guy who resents friends for taking advantage and resent ourselves for being dumb enough to give away more than we have in exchange for acceptance, validation and worse, company. We've been the couch potato, the overeater, the smoker, the lonely guy who can't get laid, we've been both of them. Now put those guys in small quarters and watch this beautiful relationship unfold as a character study of the heart.

This poignant film sublimely paradoxes the average buddy film by being both refreshing and familiar. "Fred and Vinnie" are both 'fish out of water' offering insight into the machinations of men who really are good at heart, misunderstood misfits whose quirks and seemingly "loser" nuances set them apart as interesting characters in other parts of the world, but certainly not in Los Angeles.

This is a relationship film, a study of friendship and all that goes into that. A commitment to being the best you can be when you feel like being an asshole. I'll bet dollars to M&M's you won't be able to watch "Fred and Vinnie" and not to see yourself in this film. If you don't, you're in denial. Either way I win.

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0 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

The acting is very good but the story amazingly painful and unfunny.

Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
24 July 2015

"Fred & Vinnie" is a very strange film and I can honestly say I've never seen anything like it...and this is much of why I gave the movie a 6 and not a lower score. However, I should warn you that although it's listed as a comedy, it's really least not in a traditional sense. It's actually quite tragic and unfunny-- especially when you realize that the film is based on true people!

Fred Stoller plays himself in the film. He's a lonely single guy struggling in Hollywood and one day he makes a huge mistake--he invites his friend Vinnie to move in with him. It turns out Vinnie is one of the most annoying people on Earth and he's also chronically unemployed and a moocher. After a while, it becomes obvious that Fred has inherited Vinnie---and getting rid of the pathetic guy will be practically impossible.

Had the film NOT been based on a real person and had the film NOT had such a downbeat ending, I would have enjoyed it more. Instead, it left me feeling depressed and a bit like a voyeur who SHOULDN'T have been watching these folks. Mental illness and personality disorders are not particularly the stuff of comedies! Hard to watch at times though the acting was quite nice. I wouldn't mind seeing more from these folks but I would recommend that they try infusing some more energy and watchability into future projects.

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