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The Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best
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 that may be their last shot at achieving their childhood dreams. -- (C)… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 37%

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"While the movie itself is an uneven, sometimes preachy affair, it's alive with possibilities whenever [Weston's] on screen."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Inner child? Open road? No, this film is actually about Mr. O'Nan and his wan, scruffy innocence."
‑ Andy Webster, New York Times
"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."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"Do we really need another film about underachieving white men with scruffy beards? Ryan O'Nan thinks so."
‑ Diego Costa, Slant Magazine
"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."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"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."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"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."
‑ Nick Schager, Village Voice
"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."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Radio
"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."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"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."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"A likably goofy, lo-fi indie propelled by the syncopations of a cheesy keyboard - and the cheesy dreams of its hapless heroes."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Offering little more than flat karaoke versions of Sundance-style hits, this is strictly an amateur-hour affair."
‑ R. Emmet Sweeney, Time Out New York
"This ode to indie legitimacy proves to be too cartoonish to feel real and not outrageous enough to be memorable ..."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"It gets nowhere slowly."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"O' Nan needs to retool and get some new material."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
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