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Loosies: Cute, Mindless Fun
Bobby (Facinelli) is a pickpocket out of necessity. His dad died leaving him to deal with the half-a-million in debt that he owed to Jax (Gallo), a local mobster. Having paid off four fifths of that amount and finding himself almost rid of his shackles, things start to get really messy. Bobby palms a police officer’s (Madsen) badge, sparking his fury and bringing him down on his tail, hard.
To further compound matters, he bumps into Lucy (Alexander), the one-night-stand-that-got-away, and discovers that she’s pregnant with his baby. With a livid police officer and mobster after them, Bobby has to gain Lucy’s trust so that they can figure out what to do about the baby; get an abortion or give the whole parenthood thing a shot?
Loosies is, despite the awful name which refers to cigarettes being bought as singles, pretty entertaining. Another surprise is that, devoid of the awful dye job and makeup bestowed upon him by the Twilight make up department, Facinelli is genuinely charming. It also helps that his character is a criminal with a heart of gold who wants to do right by Lucy, thus requiring him to frequently unleash the full force of his puppy dog eyes and killer smile on her. In short, charming is his character’s number one trait.
In fact both the leads are immensely likeable, have great chemistry and it’s due to them that the film is as fun as it is – despite the fact that we don’t get to know much about Lucy other than her pregnancy. The story isn’t anything new, it's often ridiculous and has some pretty huge potholes, the biggest being the police force’s incredible incompetency.
However, the film moves quickly enough that ignoring the aforementioned potholes, occasionally cheesy dialogue and clichéd plot line is pretty easy.Considering it’s an action film, it's completely lacking in tension. The biggest action sequences are basically scenes of Bobby on the subway, stealing people’s wallets - sometimes in slow motion.
Not exactly riveting or death defying stuff, it is obviously a product of the film’s visibly miniscule budget. But again it’s a testament to Facinelli’s charisma that he makes sitting through this film not just tolerable, but actually enjoyable. For the most part, you only zoom in on the bad stuff in hindsight.
The first half focuses far too much on Kelsey and Lynette and not enough on say, Rebecca Hall who plays Alan’s sister Mel. In fact, the film in general is pretty light on Hall and she just randomly drops out of the film without having her arc tied up, even though she’s the most magnetic performer in the whole thing. Canterbury, on the other hand, has far too big a part and while he’s decent as Kelsey, his pouting does become a bit one-note after a while.
The second half is, thankfully, far superior, mainly because Alan and Ben grow out of their immaturity and are forced to make some big decisions that shed some light on their relationship and back story. This is also where Sandvig and Ritter’s chemistry shines. They really nail the old friends dynamic and it stretches and warps as a wedge is driven between them, challenging their entire way of life.