7 Chinese Brothers

New American Cinema

SIFF Says:

Bob Byington teams up with Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore, Listen Up Philip) for this observational, quirky comedy. Schwartzman stars as Larry who, along with his trusty sidekick pug Arrow (Schwartzman's real-life pet), goes through life as a misanthropic outcast who fails to retain employment or stable relationships - especially with his grandma, played with sharp timing and wit by Academy Award®-winner Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck). After getting fired from his last job, Larry talks himself into working as an auto-mechanic and finds himself falling for his new boss. Part absurdist comedy and part character portrait, 7 Chinese Brothers is a unique tale about people stuck within the confines of normalcy while they represent anything but. Co-starring Tunde Adebimpe from the band TV on the Radio and Alex Karpovsky from “Girls.”

Stranger Says:

: It’s a testament to Jason Schwartzman’s enduring understated appeal that he can continue to play basically unpleasant people (see also: Listen Up Philip) and remain not just watchable, but seductive. The film, though, suffers from 1990s Rip van Winkle syndrome. Had it played Sundance in 1993, you’d be like, “Wow, finally, a movie about my people: lazy, self-defeating babies who don’t know what they want!” But in 2015, it’s a little de trop. And on behalf of people who still care about records, I resent the R.E.M. reference. Great cast, though—Schwartzman, Stephen Root, Tunde Adebimpe, et al. (SEAN NELSON)

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Film Credits
Bob Byington
Jason Schwartzman, Olympia Dukakis, Tunde Adebimpe, Eleanore Pienta
SIFF 2015