Fred Stoller and Angelo Tsarouchas are the unlikely pair in "Fred & Vinnie"
Fred & Vinnie
Slamdance Film Festival
Dir: Steve Skrovan
"Fred & Vinnie" is the true story of a bit actor’s life in LA as his shut-in, baseball card-loving friend moves in to crash on the couch. The unmatched pair of neurotics get on each others’ nerves as only disturbed individuals can—fighting for the bathroom, snore-less sleep, and space of mind. Fred Stoller, the real Fred best known for parts on "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "Wordgirl", wrote this piece based on his interactions with his tubby, and lovable, friend Vinnie. The film is best when it relies on Fred’s naturally odd tendencies and not film world licenses. Fred is sometimes uncomfortable to watch, the poor man’s Larry David (of "Curb Your Enthusiasm"). Actually, this might best be described as a buddy movie version of that TV show. It’s a good story, with several comedic highpoints but it feels a bit clunky sometimes. A little tighter editing would bring it up to speed.