The Motel

The Motel

DVD - 2007
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Chinese-American adolescent Ernest works after school cleaning rooms at the dingy motel owned by his bossy mother. A Korean-American playboy drifter helps Ernest come out of his shell, encouraging him to pursue an older girl he has a crush on. Ernest absorbs life lessons about girls, bullies, baseball and success.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Palm Pictures, [2007]
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (76 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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May 15, 2015

More of a coming-of-age drama than a laugh-out-loud comedy. Some nicely understated moments and 1 or 2 funny bits.

Mar 11, 2015

This is a 2006 drama---the debut feature from director Michael Kang.
Thirteen-year-old Ernest Chin's life is devoted to working at his family's hourly-rate motel, where a steady stream of prostitutes, johns, and various other shady characters come and go.
Abandoned by his father, he lives with his mother, grandfather, and younger sister Katie.
The film is a loosely assembled series of vignettes examining the difficulty of adolescence.
Ernest blindly explores his incipient sexuality, which includes nursing a crush on Christine, an older girl who works at a Chinese restaurant nearby.
Ernest's life changes after he meets the newest guest---a self-destructive yet playful Korean-American man, who is caught in a downward spiral after estrangement from his wife.
Although the theme sounds interesting, the film appears too amateuristic to view the whole thing.


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