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The Motel (2005)

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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Sam
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Ahma Chin
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Alexis Chang ...
Katie (as Alexis Kapp Chang)
Stephen Chen ...
Gung Gung
Conor J. White ...
Roy
Jackson Budinger ...
Jess
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Walter
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Gina
Ron Domingo ...
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Shakira
Jake Holbrook ...
Toby
Ian Boyd ...
Jimmy
Glen Brackenridge ...
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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)

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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 Maggie Kim
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Heartwarming
6 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best Sundance Selection films I've ever seen. I'm a big fan of these types of films, ones that don't usually make it to the big screen.

This beautiful depiction of a young kid going through puberty in a hotel really show us still growing up that our childhood wasn't as desolate as we believe. You can connect so well with these characters and their story. The language really feels authentic.

Even little things, just small selections of dialogue make things feel all the more authentic.

Trust me- watch it and relive your childhood, and realize that we aren't alone in our struggle. The awkward difficulties and everything.

It'll make you laugh and cry, definitely worth a good 20$


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