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Under One Roof (2002)

Unrated | | Romance, Comedy | 25 May 2002 (USA)
It's Sex and the City meets The Wedding Banquet for young San Franciscan Daniel Chang, living at home with his clueless, traditional mother.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jay Wong ...
Daniel Chang
James Marks ...
Robert
Sandra Lee ...
Mrs. Chang
James Quedado ...
Tony
Audrey Finer ...
Mrs. Watson
Vivian Kobayashi ...
Gram Chang
Trish Ng ...
Amy
Sina Eiden ...
Rachel
Erik Ing ...
Jason
Xin Feng Lin ...
Plumber
Ken Craig ...
Randy
Leslie MacKay ...
Nude BBQ Guest
Christopher Stout ...
Nude BBQ Guest
Wyman Chang ...
Henry
Dianne Cragg ...
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It's Sex and the City meets The Wedding Banquet for young San Franciscan Daniel Chang, living at home with his clueless, traditional mother. Desperate for a grandchild, she's eager to see him married and spends much of her time planning introductions to suitable Chinese girls for Daniel. But when she recruits a new lodger for the downstairs flat, Daniel finds himself falling for Robert, the hot Southern boy who's moved to the big city. Well, Robert's not a suitable Chinese girl - but is he gay? And does he feel the same way about Daniel? Daniel soon gets his chance to find out when the basement floods and his mother insists Daniel share his bedroom with Robert while the plumbers fix the mess downstairs... Written by Courtesy Outtakes Film Festival NZ

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Sweet yet flawed movie
10 February 2005 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

As a gay Asian American man, I grew up watching TV and movies where I was never represented. So for me Under One Roof was a welcome change from the usual Hollywood depiction of Asian men as either mysterious strangers, emasculated servants, or comic side kicks. Asian men are never portrayed as the central love interest, or god forbid SEXY.

Finally there is a movie where I can see myself reflected on the screen. A movie where not only the lead actor, but several supporting actors are gay Asian men. Yes, I am familiar with the Wedding Banquet, and yes it is a better movie, but how many years has it been since a gay Asian man was the lead in a movie?

Now I am not saying this is a great movie, far from it. The acting can be wooden at times, and downright bad at other times, but after having listened to the directors commentary I think a lot of that can be blamed on the way that filming had to be rushed along.

The two leads, Daniel and Robert were convincing in their scenes together, but less so when they were acting with the others in the cast (I think they had real chemistry together) Given the limited budget and time I think everyone did a good job. The writing was a bit stilted in places, but there were some genuinely touching as well as funny scenes in this movie.

AS for the male nudity. As a healthy gay man, I NEVER find frontal male nudity gratuitous. It is always appreciated and very welcome.


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