Watching TV with the Red Chinese

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Three Chinese students, Tzu (James Chen), Wa (Keong Sim) and Chen (Leonardo Nam) come to study in America in the summer of 1980. They move into a New York City apartment next door to Dexter (Ryan O'Nan), a graduate student who introduces them to Suzanne (Gillian Jacobs), his occasional girlfriend and to Billy (Michael Esper), a struggling filmmaker. The Chinese find America fascinating. However, their perceptions, based on watching non-stop television, change when one of them is brutally mugged, when Suzanne takes up with Chen behind Dexter's back, and when Zap (Peter Scanavino), Suzanne's ex boyfriend, stalks them into a state of terror. When on December 8, 1980 John Lennon is murdered, the Chinese students decide to buy a gun for self-defense. -- (C) Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Watching TV with the Red Chinese

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  • Dotan takes this iffy story and makes it nearly unwatchable by jumping back and forth in time, using screens within screens and bouncing between color and black-and-white.

    Jan 20, 2012 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The film nicely captures the grad-student vibe: beer-fueled bull sessions about science, religion, probability and destiny; fragile, self-absorbed egos preening even as confidence wavers.

    Jan 19, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This quirky indie has an off-kilter, shaggy appeal and a filling story.

    Jan 19, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The conversations feel artificial, overly concerned with re-creating period detail or interjecting relevant philosophical life concepts, like a constantly rehashed theory of alternate universes built on different "what if?" scenarios.

    Jan 19, 2012 | Full Review…

    Ronnie Scheib

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • The timeline jitters out of order, dropping viewers into a scenario it takes far longer than necessary to discover is straightforward and self-seriously soap operatic.

    Jan 19, 2012 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…
  • Nearly every scene is clunky...

    Jan 17, 2012

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