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The Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best (2012)

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Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 5

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Recently dumped by his girlfriend, underachiever Alex (O'Nan) embarks on an impromptu road trip with his new bandmate, the eccentric Jim (Michael Weston). By channeling their inner children and giving a new meaning to the term "lo-fi," Alex and Jim find their unique style by bringing the sound of children's instruments to their unsuspecting fans. Playing a series of bizarre shows and experiencing multiple near-disasters, Alex and Jim's persistence takes them on a true coming-of-age journey - one

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Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy

Ryan O'Nan

Jan 7, 2013

$7.5k

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While the movie itself is an uneven, sometimes preachy affair, it's alive with possibilities whenever [Weston's] on screen.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Initially, this low-budget film writes a lot of checks on the First National Bank of Whimsy, but I was astonished when none of them bounced.

September 21, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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A likably goofy, lo-fi indie propelled by the syncopations of a cheesy keyboard - and the cheesy dreams of its hapless heroes.

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Inner child? Open road? No, this film is actually about Mr. O'Nan and his wan, scruffy innocence.

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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An indie about-tell me if this sounds familiar-a brokenhearted sad sack who travels cross-country with a weirdo and a too-hot-for-these-dorks woman on a road trip of healing and self-actualization.

September 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Offering little more than flat karaoke versions of Sundance-style hits, this is strictly an amateur-hour affair.

September 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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An offbeat, hipster-inflected road movie that steadfastly refuses to conform to expectation and sense. A to-scale victory of quirky charm and feeling over sagacity.

February 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

O'Nan deciphers in comical yet solemn ways, young characters representing warring sides of himself. While doing battle with joblessness, alienation, working stiff drudgery, and existential redemption through art and the imagination.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: WBAI Radio
WBAI Radio

This ode to indie legitimacy proves to be too cartoonish to feel real and not outrageous enough to be memorable ...

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Do we really need another film about underachieving white men with scruffy beards? Ryan O'Nan thinks so.

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

It's just a shame about the script, which follows such a prescribed track of Alexander Payne-ish road-trippery that nothing really rings true.

July 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

It gets nowhere slowly.

July 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

It may have some flaws but The Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best is still the kind of underdog movie you want to clasp to your heart. It is an unexpected charmer.

July 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

The comedy is at odds, perhaps even at war, with the gravitational downward pull of bittersweet seriousness, and the sucrose content is pretty high by the end. But it's an entertaining film.

July 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

O' Nan needs to retool and get some new material.

July 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Good fun, but O'Nan doesn't take this film nearly as far as it could go, leaving the plot and its characters somewhat two-dimensional in their obvious stereotyping.

July 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

[A] highly likeable buddy movie.

July 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
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    1. Jim: I'm on the show, you guys deaf? Why else would I be wearing this awesome cape if I was not playing the show today?!
    – Submitted by Chris P (19 months ago)
    1. Alex: I had no idea it was a fake knife.
    – Submitted by Chris P (19 months ago)
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