Stevie D (2016) is a English movie. Chris Cordone has directed this movie. Torrey DeVitto,Kevin Chapman,Chris Cordone,John Aprea are the starring of this movie. It was released in 2016. Stevie D (2016) is considered one of the best Comedy,Crime,Drama movie in India and around the world.
STEVIE D is a humorous crime drama about a Los Angeles construction magnate whose only son has accidentally killed a connected man. A sinister plan is hatched that sends the son into hiding while an unsuccessful actor is hired to fill his shoes and unknowingly take the hit.
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I find that we all grow up hearing our parents tell us that this or that is not acting, that in their day sew-n-sew was X and he did Z This movie...seems to be an actual representation of that view. Sure when you see a movie that is a lower budget you will find that 1 lone guy usually is the movies only draw, that he/she carries it. It reminds me of how many BAD MOVIES were bearable, to me at least, if Luke Goss played the main roll. This is NOT one of those films. In the movie, hand to heart, everyone UNDER 40 sucked per acting and delivery and everyone OVER 50 owned each specific role. I have to ponder a reality where geriatric actors are able to "own" a role, even if it is a bit part with 30 seconds of screen time, yet the lead actor and the co-lead struggle to deliver ANYTHING that can be compared to genuine. I assume it is simple experience....except I can hardly, for the life of me, think of an actor that was BAD in his late 20's and early 30's, that morphed into a PARAGON OF ACTING SKILL ! So, either you have it or you don't. Bad writing can only cover so many of the excuses before it falls onto the actors. There ARE some WELL acted scenes in this movie....but NONE of them relate to anyone who is not of Social Security. The rating, at the time of this writing, is a LOADED and FIXED 8.5. I assume a "family and friends" rating :) The movie is to comedy fans what a low budget zombie flick is to zombie fans. Bearable but leaving them trying to explain to other's why they should have enjoyed it...... Solid acting and delivery from Hal Linden,Al Sapienza, John Aprea...sadly they were NOT the focus of the movie and only allowed this to move from a potential 2 to a 4. Good acting can only fix so much as well :)
I really enjoyed this film. The relationships are all really thoughtful, even the hit men have loads of personality and a natural and funny rhythm with their banter. They provide a lot of genuine comic relief, and they are almost like watching a funny old married couple. I also really enjoyed the connection between Michael (the fake Stevie) and Lenny (played by the fabulous Kevin Chapman). It was fun to watch Lenny go from thinking "we're doing this poor sap a favor" if the fake Stevie (Michael) gets bumped off in their ruse...to actually putting a guard on him because he wants to protect him from getting hurt. Could it have been edited a little tighter? Sure! But given that it's a low budget film, and I've seen so many of those, I think Chris Cordone did a lovely job, and it's obvious he squeezed every bit of substance out of that budget that he could...especially with all the great casting. I loved seeing John Aprea do his thing, better than anyone else. Such a natural. And I also really enjoyed seeing the great Hal Linden! He is a treasure. Torrey DeVito is beautiful and does a nice turn as Daria. Even the characters that have less than 5 minutes of screen time make the most of what they've got and bring something engaging to the film. I think it's a refreshing and fun film, in a sea of remakes and big budget boring movies. I like movies with characters I can actually care about it...and Steve D. delivers.
A watchable vanity project for the writer, director, lead actor but whether it leads to anything more substantial is highly debatable, since the characters were mostly cliches, the situations were full of 'just happens to' moments, like a commercial actor on tv just happens to look exactly like a spoiled trust fund kid who just happens to be in an unfortunate accident, and the actor just happens to be paired with a gangster type gumba who just happens to want to be an actor so they can have a bond that becomes a plot point... on and on. His skill at playing two diametrically opposed characters that he himself created should have been more pronounced, but he cant get beyond the one dimensional limitations he wrote for them. An EXTREMELY nice, thoughtful, helpful, caring guy who seriously, not sarcastically, uses a word like 'lovely' when speaking to a women vs an EXTREMELY obnoxious, narcissistic spoiled brat who belittles everyone around him and tows bikini babes around like they are his pets. That being said, he is watchable and likable as the nice guy and is assured some nice lifetime movie channel (is that still on?) cheesy romantic comedies in the near future.
I recently saw Stevie D with a friend at the Laemmle theater on Wilshire in LA. Going in with little knowledge – beyond the title and poster – I kind of had reservations about sitting through a movie I hadn't had time to vet. In short, I absolutely loved it. Stevie D is an homage to a number of films, film genres (and sub-genres) – Film Noir / LA Noir, Dead Ringer, Sisters, A Stolen Life, Scorsese, references to Cassavetes, old movie posters on the walls of the agent's office, etc. etc. There was even a little Rock Hudson (in his duel role) / Doris Day in Pillow Talk. For this reason, it would be easy to say the film was at times "derivative" – but that's the point, and all involved are obviously in on the joke. The main reason I enjoyed the film so much is because it's effortlessly charming in a way I rarely see anymore. Also, every actor is strong – there's no weak link. The male lead (Chris Cordone) is terrific and extremely charismatic. He has a Cary Grant quality, which he utilizes wisely switching roles from suave to insane. The female lead (Torrey DeVitto) is stunning to look at and an overwhelmingly captivating presence. Other notables include Hal Linden, John Aprea (who appeared in four of my favorite films of all time - Bullitt, Caged Heat, The Godfather: Part II, and The Stepford Wives), and Kevin Chapman (from The Boondock Saints). My only criticism would be that the last third of the film needed to be tightened up a little. The pacing is generally rapid and then at the end it seems to take longer than it should to reach its conclusion. Overall, this is a real gem – and I'm giving it 9 stars because I'm so sick of going to the movies and having mega-budget junk constantly rammed down my throat. Filmmakers need to get back to basics, take a look at classic movies and learn how to craft a good story – and these guys obviously did.
My aunt and me decided to get this movie on iTunes because it sounded fun. She has been going through a hard time and wanted to just chill out and relax. I don't think we were expected to be so entertained by such a sweet movie. I don't usually write reviews but I see A LOT of movies and this one really hits the spot. It was funny but also had great heart. The guy who plays the lead is very handsome and I totally believed him in both roles. There are a TON of supporting characters you WILL recognize from other movies and TV shows. Hal Linden from Barney Miller is in it and what a treat it is to see him. My aunt said she had a major crush on him back in the day. The lead girl is good in the movie but something about her makes her seem stuck up. I don't know, maybe she was just acting. I would totally recommend this movie to anyone who was looking for something fun and entertaining. We both really enjoyed it.