Written and directed by Chris Cordone
Starring: Chris Cordone, Torrey DeVitto, Kevin Chapman, John Aprea, and Hal Linden
Stevie DiMarco (Chris Cordone), aka Stevie D, is the arrogant, obnoxious, misogynistic son of a well-connected L.A. construction magnate. His heavy drinking ways get him into trouble when he accidentally kills a crime boss’s son. Revenge by means of retaliation is the only payment that can settle the score. Stevie D is the prime target and his father, Angelo (John Aprea), hires a look-alike actor to play his son’s role, setting him up to unknowingly take the hit while the real Stevie D goes into hiding. As Michael Rose (Chris Cordone), the actor, successfully fills in, the consequences are not what everyone expected.
Immediately, we do not like Stevie D. He’s crass and self-serving—a spoiled rotten adult brat. After the accidental murder of the son of a mob boss, Angelo and Lenny (Kevin Chapman), his right hand man, stumble upon an actor in a commercial who is Stevie D’s doppelgänger. This well-meaning, but broke actor is convinced to play the role of Stevie D and surprises everyone with his kindness, generosity, and overall goodness. The relationships benefit everyone, including Lenny who wants to be an actor, taking a few pointers from Rose. A budding romance blossoms between Angelo’s lawyer’s daughter and Rose, and the real Stevie D could easily be forgotten if it weren’t for the two bumbling hit men sent to snuff out this fine young man’s life. It’s a cat and mouse game filled with humorous situations, serendipity, and a few miscommunications along the way.
“Stevie D” is a wonderfully entertaining film that connects you to the exaggerated characters we meet. Each one of them has an alternative personality that we find endearing—even the hit men and their love of fine dining. With the exception of Nick the crime boss and the real Stevie D, every character has heart and we thoroughly enjoy getting to know them. Lenny is a favorite character, a hard-nosed mobster who melts as he gets to know Rose, wanting nothing more than to break into show biz. And the romance between Daria (DeVitto) and Rose gives the story-line just the right touch to balance the cat and mouse game.
The plot is simple, but complex situations create the fun twists and turns in the story. Cordone does an extraordinary job not only writing and directing this film, but also taking on two roles as Rose and Stevie D. His adept skill at portraying two very different characters is equally remarkable as, initially, I really thought they were two different people. Chapman nails his role as Lenny and brings a level of lovability to the character. Phil Idrissi and Darren Capozzi are the comic relief with their insatiable appetites and unexpected work ethics and priorities. And it’s always a pleasure to see Hal Linden in any role as he portrays the old-time lovable talent agent Max Levine. The entire cast clicks as we watch this story of mistaken identity unfold.
“Stevie D” creates a light-hearted mobster film complete with a love story that is engaging and just down-right fun to watch. The quick pace and interesting characters, although a bit over-the-top, make it that much more endearing. “Stevie D” is now available on VOD via iTunes, Vudu, Amazon and other digital platforms.
3 Stars out of 4