Review Fix 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Coverage: ‘Loose Change’ Review

Every year at Tribeca, a short film comes along that you don’t want to see end. It’s smart, funny at all the right places and puts a smile on your face.

Phil Botti’s ‘Loose Change’ is a perfect example of all of that.

Carmine Famiglietti plays Jimmy, a plump Brooklynite who can’t seem to get on his elderly landlord’s good side. With a Kevin James meets Tony Soprano look to him, Famiflietti, garbed in New Jersey Nets and other sports teams shirts throughout the picture, is undeniably Italian and even more undeniably Brooklyn. He’s appeared in several other shorts over the years and after this, it is obvious he’s due a decent role in a longer film. Good-looking, but large, Famiglietti is a perfect everyman with a bit of Jackie Gleason charisma, which makes him accessible, funny and perfect for this role.

The same thing can be said for Graciela Lecube’s portrayal of old Mrs. Alvarado. A bit crazy, but ultimately smarter than every one else thinks, Lecube [older soap fans may remember her from her run on “One Life to Life” almost 30 years ago] is hilarious in every scene and makes herself loveable by being completely and utterly annoying and rude.

Annie Basulto and Madeline Deferrari are also cute and fun in their small roles and do a solid job of making Famiglietti that much more realistic. Had he been miserable throughout the performance and without any company, the film would have lost some of its staying power. However with two beautiful young actresses by his side at different times, he’s a more interesting character and the film is better because of it.

With a great look, dark humor and great performances from everyone involved, “Loose Change” feels like an episode of “King of Queens,” with a Scorsesean twist [think of his older work, such as “After Hours”]. Because of that, it’s a treasure to behold.

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Patrick Hickey Jr. is the Founder, Editor-in-Chief, Master Jedi and Grand Pooh-bah of ReviewFix.com and is the author of the upcoming book, "The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews with Cult and Classic Video Game Developers," from leading academic and non-fiction publisher McFarland and Company. He is currently the Assistant Director of the Journalism Program at Kingsborough Community College and is a former News Editor at NBC Local Integrated Media and a National Video Games Writer at the late Examiner.com. He has also had articles and photos published in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Complex and The Syracuse Post-Standard. Love him. Read him.

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