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The Motel (2005)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  24 January 2005 (USA)
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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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Jeffrey Chyau ...
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Ahma Chin
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Alexis Chang ...
Katie (as Alexis Kapp Chang)
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Gung Gung
Conor J. White ...
Roy
Jackson Budinger ...
Jess
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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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$7,100 (USA) (30 June 2006)

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$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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Written by Carol Bui
Performed by Carol Bui
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Great Combinations of Characters and Story
16 May 2006 | by (Los Angeles, United States) – See all my reviews

I've seen it at the VC Film Fest 2006 - Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, which this movie also won the best narrative feature film jury prize.

This movie doesn't have named actors. HOWEVER, if you have ever bought a adult magazine and hid it under the bed when you are 12, or you had to dealt with those boys...., this is the movie that makes you laugh and cry.

The excellent choice of dialog. And Jeffrey Chyau who plays the main character, Ernest, is not a professional actors. According to the director, Michael Kang, he literary found him on the street. According to Kang, a quiet unconfident boy never come to the audition. His 6 months search of Earnest definitely paid off in the movie. Kang was able to create good chemistry between Chyau and Sung Kang, who plays Sam.

If you like fast pacing movie, this movie may not fit you. However, if you would like to look back your "realistic" childhood, this is the movie to watch, but you have to see it in the theater.

When you leave the movie theater, I assure you will feel like being a grown-up.


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