5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Starts out funny, gets boring and annoying just like Vinnie,
This review is from: Fred and Vinnie (DVD)
Stoller grates less than usual here---his sadsack shtick is good for a half hour sitcom episode and that's about it---but Vinnie more than makes up for it after awhile. We laughed a few times during the first act, then started to get rather tired of Vinnie's freeloading antics during the second act, and by an hour in we just didn't care anymore, and despite liking Vinnie as a character were finding nothing to laugh at any more. Life mirrors art! Which mirrors life in this true story, so good luck in that maze.
Seeing as the pathos wears off pretty fast, all we were left with was the thought, "If this guy can't sell a few of his precious baseball cards to pay a little rent to the guys he sponges off 24/7/365, what kind of friend is he?"
Perhaps to some Vinnie seems like a great friend, but in real life, I've known some Vinnies and they're not very funny or even fun after awhile. They get old fast, just like this Vinnie (the portrayal is perhaps far too accurate), and the jokes get painfully ironic very quickly, as here. The film is relatively well shot and the dialogue has moments, but it goes nowhere fast, just like guess who.
If you know and love a Vinnie, you might like this, but if you don't, or do know and don't love a Vinnie, then you may find yourself watching this and wondering what many Vinnie hosts have asked themselves many times: "Why am I continuing to bother putting up with this?"
And at 25 clams for a dvd with only a few not very interesting extras (the real life Vinnie's phone messages are not exactly hilarious), this is triple what it should cost. I'm guessing this won't be hitting blu-ray, especially as the dvd already costs more than hundreds of great films on BD. I'd buy all of those before recommending this.
Nothing personal, Vinnie. Or Fred, who wrote this as a tribute and/or a cash-in on his pal's neuroses. But your problems aren't ours, and you're going to have to deal with them on your own from here on in.