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7 Chinese Brothers (2015)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 13 April 2016 (Australia)
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Sharing a small apartment with his sleepy French bulldog, an unmotivated thirty-something slacker lands a job at a Quick Lube, to be close to the shop's beautiful manager. Has he found a new purpose in life? Is there still hope?

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Bob Byington

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Schwartzman ... Larry
Olympia Dukakis ... Grandma
Tunde Adebimpe ... Major Norwood
Eleanore Pienta ... Lupe
Stephen Root ... George
Arrow Schwartzman Arrow Schwartzman ... Arrow the Dog
Jimmy Gonzales ... Jimmy
John Gatins ... Dinsmore
Jonathan Togo ... Don
Josh Meyer ... Reginald
Ted Beck Ted Beck ... Cashier
Chris Doubek ... Daryl
Grover Coulson ... Mr. Johnson
Alex Karpovsky ... Kaminsky
Jennifer Prediger ... 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 2016 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Seven Chinese Brothers See more »

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The lead dog in the film is actor Jason Scwartzman's real dog Arrow. See more »

Quotes

Grandma: 90 percent of the equation is just showing up.
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Soundtracks

Best Of Jill Hives
Written by Robert Pollard
Performed by Guided By Voices
Published by Needmore Songs (BMI)
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I kept waiting and waiting and waiting for something to happen....
29 October 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Sometimes you watch a film and wonder to yourself 'what were they thinking when they made this movie?!'--such was my reaction when I watched this new and oddly named film starring Jason Schwartzman. Bob Byington wrote and directed this strange movie and it's one that left me confused and bored.

When the film begins, Larry (Schwartzman) is a complete slacker and a bit of a loser. He's just lost a job because he was caught stealing and he doesn't seem to care in the least. What he does care about are drinking, taking drugs and his dog (incidentally, this French Bulldog is actually Schwartzman's dog in real life). Later, when he gets a job in a quick lube store, you keep expecting Larry to somehow show that down deep he's capable of change and will become responsible and likable...which never really happens in any meaningful way. He is, throughout the entire film, a jerk who has serious issues and who doesn't seem to care about this nor does he see much of a need to change. There is a tiny change at the end...but clearly not enough to offer any real hope for the guy cleaning himself up and achieving something with his life.

This film is quirky...almost in a Wes Anderson sort of way, which is what I expected since Schwartzman frequently appears in Anderson's films. However, the quirkiness isn't humorous...just quirky and the film never really resonates with the audience. It's strange...just to be strange. And this soon becomes tedious. Had this been a short film, it might have been an interesting character study. But at 90 minutes and with a leading character you cannot help but dislike the film dragged. No sense of reason for all this seemed evident to me at any point. A clear misfire and I can see why this film went to straight to DVD very quickly. If you care, it's out this week but I wouldn't rush to see it unless you are a die-hard Schwartzman fan or you like long and ponderous films.


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