Watching TV with the Red Chinese (2012)



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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
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Ryan O'Nan
as Dexter
Gillian Jacobs
as Suzanne
Peter Scanavino
as Czapinczyk
Ron C. Johns
as Little
Idara Victor
as Antigone
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Critic Reviews for Watching TV with the Red Chinese

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (7)

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Full Review… | January 21, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 19, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 19, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

This quirky indie has an off-kilter, shaggy appeal and a filling story.

Full Review… | January 19, 2012
New York Daily News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 18, 2012
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.

Full Review… | January 18, 2012
AV Club
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Watching TV with the Red Chinese

Ever want to see a movie or read a book and can't find it. Well this one is it for me. I can't wait to see this film, I just cant find it, its not online, in the theatre, at any festivals, or video stores, and the book is so old i can't find a copy either. when will I see this film, or find this book so I can actually write a review, something about the trailers i saw, or this film just makes me want to see it. The one time I am not in New York, that's the only place it seems you can see it. If anybody's got a private jet and wants to see it drop me a line, Im on the west coast though.

mike hawke
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