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7 Chinese Brothers

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Bob Byington

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About the Movie

Jason Schwartzman portrays Larry, an inebriated sad sack who rides a tide of booze onto the shores of an undiscriminating Quick-Lube. The only bright spot is his boss, Lupe (Eleanore Pienta). Will Larry keep it together long enough to win the girl, provide for his French bulldog (Schwartzman’s real-life dog Arrow), laze about with his friend Major (TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe), and do his cantankerous grandmother (Olympia Dukakis) proud?

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 36
  • Fresh: 27
  • Rotten: 9
  • Average Rating: 6.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Considering how aimless its screenplay, how lost its hero and how unglamorous its setting, Bob Byington's "7 Chinese Brothers" is remarkably appealing. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Aug 27, 2015

Rotten: 7 Chinese Brothers is so slight it risks evaporating on contact. – Entertainment Weekly, Sep 2, 2015

Fresh: By widening his soulful puppy eyes - matched only, quite eerily, by those of his French bulldog in real life, Arrow - Schwartzman successfully dares audiences to care. – Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times, Sep 3, 2015

Fresh: [Jason Schwartzman] smarms his way through Bob Byington's very funny 7 Chinese Brothers as if the pic had been drawn up especially for him. – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, Apr 10, 2015

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Customer Reviews

This Pen Doesn’t Work

For those of us who enjoy watching Jason Schwartzman do his thing and Bob Byington's sense of humor, this is our movie.

It isn't "high art" but it offers the kind of entertainment that only these two artists and much of the cast can provide. Also it is far too infrequent we get a chance to see Eleanore Pienta, Michael Tully, and Jon Togo. Plus Alex Karpovsky, Alex Ross Perry, Olympia Dukakis and Stephen Root! Oh, and Jennifer Prediger shows up all too briefly, but it's always fun to see her working -- even with very little to do she is awesome.

If you're into movies, then you should be familiar with these artists.

I suspect the people who will like this movie know who they are and there is no need to write a lengthy review.

It is just a fun movie.


You will love this movie if you are a smug constipated hipster who pretends have some ironic depth and in fact are simply slow witted. I understand that having no point can actually be the point but who cares when the movie is this boring. “appealing”, “very funny”, “charming” They must be paid to say that or be (see above).

Adorable, Layered, Indie Perfection

7 Chinese Brothers is one of the best films I’ve seen in a long time. Starring the ever charming Jason Schwartzman, legendary Olympia Dukakis, and multitalented Tunde Adebimpe this bitter sweet film is both remarkable and rememberable. While the story touches on serious topics such as unemployment, addiction, and death, the many laughs and sweet moments between Schwartzman and his dog Arrow leave the film hopeful and upbeat. A must see for fans of Schwartzman, dogs, and introspective comedies.

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7 Chinese Brothers
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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2015

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