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7 Chinese Brothers

6/10
Comedy
 

Larry is an unqualified, unemployable, inebriated prankster who rides a tide of booze onto the glorious shores of an undiscriminating Quick-Lube. Taking a part-time job vacuuming and washing windshields, Larry finds himself mixed up with hostile co-workers and unsatisfied customers, while also finding himself smitten with his lovely boss, Lupe Torrez. Will Larry keep it together long enough to win the girl, provide for man's best friend (his dog Arrow), and do his grandmother proud?

 
Actors: John Gatins , Jennifer Prediger , Alex Ross Perry , Tunde Adebimpe , Eleanore Pienta , Jonathan Togo , Alex Karpovsky , Olympia Dukakis , Stephen Root , Jason Schwartzman
Directors: Bob Byington
Country: USA
Release: 2015-08-28
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  • Sara Stewart

    Feels like an homage to the early work of Wes Anderson with its plinky soundtrack, solipsistic banter and emphasis on uniforms.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    An intelligent actor whose sad sack demeanor has often been put to good use by director Wes Anderson, most effectively in "Rushmore," Schwartzman does similarly well by Byington, whose slight portrait (taking its name from the title of an R.E.M. song) might not otherwise sustained its quirky charm without him.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Jeannette Catsoulis

    Drifting and sweet, 7 Chinese Brothers (like Mr. Byington’s gentle 2009 love story, “Harmony and Me”) leaves a melancholy but hopeful aftertaste.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • John DeFore

    Byington's two-chuckle-a-minute script is mostly interested in Larry's constant, evasive patter, which continues whether the target of his words appears to care what he's saying or not.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    With 7 Chinese Brothers, Austin-based filmmaker Bob Byington has made his most accessible film yet. The humor is less arch than in his previous comedies (among them Somebody up There Likes Me, Harmony and Me, and RSO [Registered Sex Offender]), and it’s plentiful and less diffuse than in his earlier works.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Charlie Schmidlin

    While it conjures up a winning swirl of themes, lines and images as it unfurls, one suspects that Schwartzman’s considerable talents are compensating for some core deficiencies.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    This is is the kind of movie that makes you appreciate Schwarztman's unique brand of screen energy, if you didn't already.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Jason Schwartzman may be a little old for the part, but there’s something of a “voice of his generation” spin to his role in 7 Chinese Brothers.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Jason Schwartzman has become, without question, the go-to actor when you want a character with off-putting, even annoying traits, yet need to have the audience side with him just enough not to want to strangle him.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Jason Schwartzman does the full Bill Murray in 7 Chinese Brothers.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    Bob Byington’s 7 Chinese Brothers is no "Listen Up Philip," but it’s an amiable enough slacker comedy, boosted by its star.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Miriam Di Nunzio

    The film never allows the audience to truly get to know any of the characters in Larry’s world.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Staff (Not credited)

    The movie’s soundtrack is excellent. Too bad that it’s one of the only things this cinematic portrait of a serial screw-up has going for it.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    A comedy too listless to bother crafting jokes or comic incidents, a character study centered on a sweet-natured prick it's hard to believe could actually exist tumbleweeding into a job at a lube shop, 7 Chinese Brothers is a go-nowhere shrug of a movie, the kind of indie that might send you screaming for the multiplex.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Dennis Harvey

    “Brothers'” script hardly provides enough to hang a short on.

    Variety Full Review
  • Jeff Baker

    Jason Schwartzman is upstaged by his dog in 7 Chinese Brothers.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
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