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 »
This Film is a Fresh Take on the old Romantic Comedy Formula
I really loved this film, from the animation back story to the most awkward and uncomfortably funny opening scene that cut away at just the right moment, I felt my anticipation grow to watch something I felt was going to be really whimsical and special.
I was not disappointed. I was completely engaged in the story, loved the simplicity of the arc and the complexity of the relationships. I love how fleshed out all the women were with their distinct personalities, strategies and coping mechanisms.
And the film's star and writer brought something so fresh and authentic and smart and vulnerable and was so simple in her delivery. I realized I was so invested in Lily's journey and I never say that when watching romantic comedies my girlfriends drag me to for girls' night. What a comically flawed but beautifully human character she created.
Good to see Michael Kang reunite with Illeana Douglas and Sung Kang too! She's fierce and funny and such a cool mom in all her messed up glory. So great to see Sung in such a different role from Motel. The guy is such a talent, can't wait to see what you two collaborate on next.
Anyhow, it was really inspiring to see something like 4 Wedding Planners on the big screen with Asian American characters who have family and fall in love and bicker and make up like normal people and real life.
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