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59 Ratings

7 Chinese Brothers

Directed by Bob Byington
United States, 2015
Comedy, Drama


Larry (Jason Schwartzman) is an unqualified, unemployable, inebriated prankster who rides a tide of booze onto the glorious shores of an undiscriminating Quick-Lube.

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7 Chinese Brothers Directed by Bob Byington
Schwartzman brings sardonic swing to Larry’s anomie but, over all, this feast of performance is served in very small dishes. Byington’s spare visual and narrative style, though authentic, sacrifices the story’s deeper echoes, and much of the sweetness is artificial. But the sharpest moments cast mundane struggles in a nearly spiritual light.
August 28, 2015
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Jason Schwartzman’s performance as a surly slacker and Olympia Dukakis’ backup work as his grandmother are the only reasons to see ‘7 Chinese Brothers," a comedy about a man of no ambition—well, that and the image of a world largely indifferent to professionalism, honesty and decency… This is the kind of movie that makes you appreciate Schwarztman’s unique brand of screen energy, if you didn’t already.
August 28, 2015
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Drifting and sweet, “7 Chinese Brothers” (like Mr. Byington’s gentle 2009 love story, “Harmony and Me”) leaves a melancholy but hopeful aftertaste. His story may appear weightless, but it has a lot to say about the indignities of service-economy jobs that offer a uniform and a training manual in lieu of an identity. The film’s jokes are small and quick, but its repurposed resentments cut deeper as workers violate one another’s property and use their uniforms to thieve and deceive.
August 27, 2015
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