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Emilio Estefan Jr.
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
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.
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