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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 »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Chyau ...
Ahma Chin
Alexis Chang ...
Katie (as Alexis Kapp Chang)
Stephen Chen ...
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Conor J. White ...
Jackson Budinger ...
Eleanor Hutchins ...
Ron Domingo ...
Jake Holbrook ...
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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

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Out of Place in the Middle of Nowhere.


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24 January 2005 (USA)  »

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


$47,111 (USA) (6 October 2006)

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Sam: I know what you were thinking. I hope this guy speaks english.
Ernest: No, You walk like you speak english.
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Referenced in The Motel: Behind the Scenes (2007) See more »


Part of the Nation
Written by Roy Kim
Performed by Chan
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Great film.... highly recommended
14 April 2005 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at Sundance 2005. I am not an industry person and this was one of the only films we were able to get tickets for. Of the nine (I think) films I saw, this was probably my favorite. The fact that there weren't really any Hollywood recognizable faces made it easier to get into, but that is really what the festival should be about, right?

I thought that the acting was very sincere and the story was definitely interesting enough to keep my attention through the whole film. This was centered around a Asian-American cast, which made it somewhat interesting to me, not being Asian, but that did not really make or break the story. It was more about the relationships of these people and what they wanted out of life.

I'm not sure that this will get released to mainstream theaters but if you have a chance to see it or rent it, definitely do so.

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