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7 Chinese Brothers (2015)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 13 April 2016 (Australia)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Larry
... Grandma
... Major Norwood
... Lupe
... George
Arrow Schwartzman ... Arrow the Dog
... Jimmy
... Dinsmore
... Don
... Reginald
Ted Beck ... Cashier
... Daryl
... Mr. Johnson
... Kaminsky
... Woman with glasses
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Larry (Jason Schwartzman) is content with his dog Arrow and booze, barely tolerating anything or anyone else. His marginally successful relationships include his grandmother, who keeps him afloat financially, and his best friend Norwood, who provides him with pharmaceuticals. But a chance encounter at a Jiffy Lube gives Larry a beguiling new boss and the impetus to head in another direction for a while. This movie showcases all that may be needed to help a person get unstuck in life: love (or an unrequited crush), friendship (or someone your family likes better than you) and family (or in this case a grandmother who will support you whenever you get fired from a job).

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Failure has a new overachiever

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The film's name, "7 Chinese Brothers," came from the 1984 R.E.M. album, 'Murmur,' from the song of the same name. See more »

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Grandma: 90 percent of the equation is just showing up.
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Don't Lie To Me
Written by Alex Chilton and Chris Bell
Performed by Big Star
Published by Universal Music Publishing Group
Courtesy of Ardent Records
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Biding his time
14 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

This is not a complex movie! It's a nice simple story of a basic slacker biding his time in anticipation of an inheritance. In the mean time we see and experience his daily life.

Director/writer Bob Byington brings us a story of 'Larry' (Jason Schwartzman) who feels no need to do something with his life because he is the sole survivor in his grandmothers family. His grandmother (Olympia Dukakis) resides in an assisted living retirement center. Larry occasionally visits, mostly when he needs cash. He knows his grandmother is wealthy and he is confident he will inherit all because he is the only 'family' she has. Larry is comfortable with his dog Arrow and a bottle of booze and job at a quick lube auto service.

The day arrives when he learns his grandmother has passed away and Larry makes a move which turns out to be a big mistake! And in his rush to know what his inheritance will be he botches the memorial service. The estate lawyer explains to Larry how 'the will' is portioned out. At this point Larry realizes his past has caught up with him and there's nothing he can do about it now.

This is a charming quirky film that is funny and lighthearted. Any indie cinema buff will enjoy this fine production and acting by some well known actors.


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