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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
Fun, this movie is hilarious. WATCH IT! This is a complicated story done very simply. The main kid in this coming of age story is a superb "first-time" actor. It's like "Napoleon Dynamite" meets a Wes Anderson film. This is a film lover's film, no doubt. I only accidentally purchased "Motel" at Amoeba Music because of its inexpensive price and its "Ghost World" style cover, being more like a Graphic Novel.
I absolutely enjoyed it's everyday-life humor about family and growing up, tossed in with a not so usual setting of a pay by the hour Motel used for drunks and prostitutes. Combined with its indie soundtrack, any Todd Solondz lover would admire this movie's dark spirit and its uplifting metaphors. I suggest to WATCH IT and pass on the word. If you're a collector like me, just buy it and put it next to your Gregg Araki/David Lynch collection that you keep separated from the other crap you accidentally bought on your DVD mantel!!!
Not kidding, if you ever loved somebody growing up that didn't love you back, had a parent that was your worst critic, or thought you were adopted because you're just so different then the rest of you family... well, you and everybody else that likes a good movie should watch this gem. Not kidding.
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