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Smashing Stereotypes (2005)

 -  Short | Comedy | Drama  -  15 October 2005 (USA)
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Based on a true story - A couple days in the life of an Asian actor in Hollywood, and the stereotypes he faces in the industry & his personal life.

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Josiah D. Lee
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Gabriel Ahn ...
Delivery Boy
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Aspiring Actress
John H. Anderson Jr. ...
Scott Robinson
Jason Banks ...
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Bob Bledsoe ...
Miles Stephen
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Jorge
Anjuli Cain ...
Brittany Lances
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Abused Woman
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Sai Dholakia ...
Woody
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Steve Hooligan
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Blankee McKree
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Based on a true story - A couple days in the life of an Asian actor in Hollywood, and the stereotypes he faces in the industry & his personal life.

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A little rough, but still well worth seeing.
18 September 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is one of five films featured in the DVD collection "The Short Stack: Volume 5". I have enjoyed their other compilations and can recommend this one as well.

Josiah D. Lee is a struggling young actor. However, again and again, he's frustrated as everyone seems to want him to play stereotypical Asian guys--and he just wants to play normal roles--not some sort of Charlie Chan wannabe! It's funny to see but also quite sad that EVERY time he gets picked for a part it's to play a Chinese delivery boy or act in a martial arts film! He's dying for better parts--ones that aren't completely stereotypical.

I think this film had a good point to make (much like Robert Townsend's film "Hollywood Shuffle"), though I think occasionally the situations and actors are a bit too broad. After all, not EVERYONE who Josiah meets would act the same racist way all the time. However, I liked the acting of Josiah--he seemed pretty natural and likable. And, the film was very enjoyable from start to finish.


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