MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 219 this week

The Motel (2005)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  24 January 2005 (USA)
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 1,191 users   Metascore: 70/100
Reviews: 10 user | 28 critic | 16 from Metacritic.com

Thirteen-year-old Ernest Chin lives and works at a sleazy hourly-rate motel on a strip of desolate suburban bi-way. Misunderstood by his family and blindly careening into puberty, Ernest ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 30 Apr 2011
 
a list of 45 titles
created 12 Jul 2011
 
a list of 7581 titles
created 13 Aug 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 17 Jan 2013
 
a list of 632 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Motel" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Motel (2005)

The Motel (2005) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Motel.
5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

After Lily rejects her boyfriend's marriage proposal, she returns home to Hawaii where she must help out with her mother's weddingplanning business.

Director: Michael Kang
Stars: Henry Dittman, Illeana Douglas, Sung Kang
West 32nd (2007)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A lawyer gets mixed up with Korean gangsters in New York City.

Director: Michael Kang
Stars: John Cho, Jun Sung Kim, Jun-ho Jeong
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A group of over-achieving Asian-American high school seniors enjoy a power trip when they dip into extra-curricular criminal activities.

Director: Justin Lin
Stars: Parry Shen, Jason Tobin, Sung Kang
Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A dark comedy about two people's chase around Los Angeles to find a missing cooler

Directors: Ernesto Foronda, Silas Howard
Stars: Jim Parsons, Harold Perrineau, Sung Kang
Being Us (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

When a woman with multiple personality disorder finds herself uncontrollably chasing danger in the form of one-night stands with abusive men, she's ready to end it all. Can a relationship with one good man change her mind?

Director: Sam Hancock
Stars: Alanna Ubach, Michael Navarra, Patrick Russell
Saving Face (2004)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations.

Director: Alice Wu
Stars: Joan Chen, Michelle Krusiec, Lynn Chen
Animation | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Seven years after the defeat of the Spiral King, Simon and the Dai-Gurren brigade must set out to the vastness of space to defeat a new threat and save the universe. The last high-stakes battle for Simon and his team is about to begin.

Director: Hiroyuki Imaishi
Stars: Marina Inoue, Tetsuya Kakihara, Katsuyuki Konishi
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The village of mayor Peppone and Don Camillo, after much dispute, gets a assigned a sister village in Russia. When Peppone and his comrades decide to attend the ceremony on the other side ... See full summary »

Director: Luigi Comencini
Stars: Fernandel, Gino Cervi, Leda Gloria
Clap Clap (2009)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Love, betrayal and guns in Chinatown NYC.

Director: Tanuj Chopra
Stars: Sung Kang, Manu Narayan, Tillotama Shome
9:30 (2004)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Chan Kin Fai flies to Los Angeles from Singapore to forget the person he loves. But he ends up calling his love everyday at 9:30 Singapore time.

Director: Mun Chee Yong
Stars: Varuzhan Agadzhanyan, Sung Kang, Norman Lehnert
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

In the summer of 1683, 300,000 warriors of the Ottoman Empire began the siege of Vienna. The fall of the city would have opened the way to conquer Europe. On September 11. was the main battle between the Polish cavalry and the Turks.

Director: Renzo Martinelli
Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Enrico Lo Verso, Alicja Bachleda
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

To escape the police, a bank robber must hide out as a Mormon missionary. But when he meets his missionary companion- a strict Idaho farmboy- he learns that prison never looked so good.

Director: Glen Brackenridge
Stars: Ron Palais, Glen Brackenridge, Curtis Brien
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Chyau ...
...
Sam
...
Ahma Chin
...
Alexis Chang ...
Katie (as Alexis Kapp Chang)
Stephen Chen ...
Gung Gung
Conor J. White ...
Roy
Jackson Budinger ...
Jess
...
Walter
Eleanor Hutchins ...
Gina
Ron Domingo ...
Hank
...
Shakira
Jake Holbrook ...
Toby
Ian Boyd ...
Jimmy
Glen Brackenridge ...
Cheap Ass Naked Man
Edit

Storyline

Thirteen-year-old Ernest Chin lives and works at a sleazy hourly-rate motel on a strip of desolate suburban bi-way. Misunderstood by his family and blindly careening into puberty, Ernest befriends Sam Kim, a self-destructive yet charismatic Korean man who has checked in. Sam teaches the fatherless boy all the rites of manhood. Written by anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Out of Place in the Middle of Nowhere.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

24 January 2005 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$7,100 (USA) (30 June 2006)

Gross:

$47,111 (USA) (6 October 2006)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Sam: I know what you were thinking. I hope this guy speaks english.
Ernest: No, You walk like you speak english.
See more »

Connections

Features Happy Tree Friends: Volume 1: First Blood (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Untitled #2
Written by Carol Bui
Performed by Carol Bui
Courtesy of Drunken Butterfly
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Ernestly wanting to grow up
26 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Don't think that I have a fondness for this film because it features a chubby 13-year-old with glasses and no clue as to what life is about. I assure you that it is not my biography - although it could very well be.

The award winning film at Sundance and the Independent Spirit Awards is a cute and poignant coming-of-age tale about a Chinese-American (Jeffrey Chyau in his first role) who is lost until he meets Sam (Sung Kang - War, Live Free or Die Hard), a Korean-American, who seems to have it all together.

Sam is really a man with problems of his own and not a great role model. Fortunately Ernest does get into a lot of trouble with him.

It is interesting to see Ernest trying to find love and stumbling badly at that. he is floating, with his father not around to provide guidance, and his alcoholic mother no help at all.

Asian-American stereotypical behavior aside, it is a worthwhile film to catch when it plays on the Sundance Channel.


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
This Director is trying way too hard to be like Justin Lin ddopyee
I like BLT better. They should have casted fred0094534
Poster art Sqoon
Does anyone know cutiepie8004
Dvd Lord_Anthony
opening anywhere else? gtg746b
Discuss The Motel (2005) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?