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Ethan Mao (2004)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 10 November 2004 (USA)
Kicked out of his house because he's gay, Ethan Mao returns home to steal and ends up holding his family hostage on a fateful Thanksgiving Day.

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Cast overview:
... Ethan Mao
... Abraham Mao
... Sarah Mao
Kevin Kleinberg ... Josh
Jerry Hernandez ... Remigio
... Noel Mao
Mary Gilbert ... Mrs. Harvisham
René St. Leon ... Teenage Boy
... Waitress
Erik Robinson ... Rich Man
Gregory Paul Daniels ... Unseen Man
... Ethan's Mom (as Dana Pan)
Michael Mesirow ... Voice of Sheriff Black
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BOOTED OUT of his comfortable suburban house by his father for being gay after being outed by his manipulative stepmother, Ethan Mao, 18, survives on the street as a hustler selling sex to older men. He meets Remigio, 19, a drug dealer and sometime hustler, who befriends Ethan and takes him in. After being tipped off by his younger brother that his family is going on a day trip on Thanksgiving Day, Ethan asks Remigio for a ride to his family house to get some of his belongings and a necklace that belonged to his late mother. Ethan and Remigio break into Ethan's family house, but are caught in the act and believe they have no choice other than to hold his father, stepmother, and bullying stepbrother hostage. In the following increasingly desperate hours, Ethan, his family, and Remigio are forced to confront their unresolved conflicts between each other. As the tension between Ethan and his family escalates, their inner demons and family secrets unravel in this suspenseful drama. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,356, 10 April 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,839, 19 June 2005
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Excellent, see it now
10 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

I would say this is one of the best gay, Asian love stories ever made, but it isn't. It's just a great film whose lead characters happen to be gay hustlers. As their families have abandoned them, they have to use whatever is at hand to survive. At first, there seems to be no reason for their relationship, and the whole self sacrificing nature of Romeo seem too over the top. Only it soon becomes clear what is really going on. But the great strength of the film is it is about the effect parents violence and coldness affects children, often manifesting itself in dangerous and self destructive ways. At the end, realizing what a beautiful film the director had crafted, I would have to say it is one of the best independent gay American films ever made. But I have always been a sucker for a romance in disguise


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