Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best: If You Say So…

Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best: If You Say So…
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Alex has a beard and sings depressing acoustic guitar songs for disabled children while dressed in a pink moose suit, until he punches one of them in the face. Should I go on?

Alex has been underdogging his whole life by way of being a sad-eyed musician. He works a mediocre office job with some real jerks and has the weight of the indie-rock world on his medium-sized shoulders. I don't even have to tell you that he gets fired, but here I am, telling you that. OH! And his girlfriend just dumped him. Of course! What could happen now? Zany dude friend with a plan so crazy it just might whatever? Prickly pretty lady who is obviously going to French him as soon as she stops "sarcastically hating" him? HOW ABOUT BOTH?

Jim is a children's-instrument-playing stranger who pulls the old "let's wrestle and therefore bond" move on Alex and tells him they need to go on tour as a duo. Alex says no but then says YES, and they hit the road in a tiny crouton car!

Sweetly unremarkable songs are written on the way to the first gig (just like that), where they meet a sour beauty named Cassidy who doesn't like what she sees but just might be willing to take a chance on the Brooklyn Brothers. Actual line: "I should be shot in the FACE for thinking this, but I'm morbidly curious to hear what you guys sound like." WHOA HO HO. Don't worry, though, three seconds later, she's softened up and is like, "Hey, fuckheads, I'm coming with you." OF COURSE.

The Brooklyn Brothers' live shows go really well—everyone from the Southern fraternity (okay, they were actually funny) to the goth crowd thinks these guys are pretty all right. Whenever they start playing their earnest jingly snoozegaze songs, the universe (and being in a band, and finding love again, and figuring out your family life) just makes sense.

Really, Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best is a fine tweeché (twee + cliché! Proud of that one!) take on a never-believable formula—a Wes Anderson sprinkle here, a Judd Apatow twist there, and the same exact script as Coyote Ugly (without the bartender strippers or John Goodman). recommended


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Estey 1
Love this review -- you reminded me of all the good parts of the movie (punching kids in the face), and hilariously lamented all the freaking cliches. And yeah, I could not imagine them writing those full songs for the gigs in the drives in-between, no matter how turgid they were (even banal mope takes time).
Posted by Estey on September 26, 2012 at 2:07 PM · Report this
It's pretty obvious from the review that they never watched the movie. Every scene mentioned is in the trailer.

It's actually quite an endearing movie, and if you payed attention you'd notice some pretty remarkable aspects that sets this movie apart.
1. The lead character is a real musician, he was also the writer, director and producer.
2. The songs in the movie were recorded live, you are not seeing any lip synching when you watch the movie.
3. The movie moves in other directions that aren't even mentioned in this article.

Another piss poor performace from another wanna-be hipster slacker...come one Stranger, you can do better, you've done better, this movie will leave a great impression on many people...and you missed it because of your pretentiousness, bummer for you...but YEAY! for those of us who actually enjoy movies for what they are, movies, not personal statements about how cool we are because we panned it.
Posted by LCJay on October 2, 2012 at 1:47 AM · Report this
bazz 3
LCJay - actually, it's pretty obvious from the review that the reviewer did in fact watch the movie, and she didn't like it. So, her opinion is different from yours. And she clearly has nothing better to do with her time than pan movies she might have otherwise cared about, had she not been so keen to write a cool hipster/ slacker/ pretentious personal piece for The Stranger? So she'd - what, rather try and win new friends than allow her heart/mind to be opened just a little by saying she found this to be poignant and sweet, when she simply didn't like it? Follow your logic.
Posted by bazz on October 2, 2012 at 7:07 AM · Report this

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