7 Chinese Brothers (2015) MIFF Film Review


Larry (Jason Schwatzman) is a bit of a loser who gets fired from a lot of his jobs, drinks a lot and hangs out with his dog. He spends time with his friend, Major Norwood (Tunde Adebimpe) who is an orderly at the home where Larry’s grandma(Olympia Dukakis) lives. Norwood also supplied Larry with prescription medication from the home. Then Larry falls for Lupe (Eleanore Pienta) the manager of a lube change workshop for cars, and he takes a job to woo her. Throughout, things kind of happen to Larry. Or near him. And eventually, he kind of needs to address this.

I picked it from the MIFF guide as it was directed by Bob Byington, and I really enjoyed his previous offering, Somebody Up There Likes Me. And this one – I quite liked it too. Low budget, not particularly true to life yet also fairly honest. The dog is magnificent – snorty little creature. Overall, it was a really nice way to spend a few hours. I think it would be worth seeing at an outdoor summer cinema. And I don’t know if I missed something, but I have no idea about the title. Apparently it’s taken from an REM song. Huh.

At this stage, there is no Australian release date for 7 Chinese Brothers.