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The Motel (2005)

Not Rated | | 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 »

Director:

Michael Kang

Writers:

Michael Kang, Ed Lin (based on the novel "Waylaid" by)
5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Chyau Jeffrey Chyau ... Ernest
Sung Kang ... Sam
Jade Wu ... Ahma Chin
Samantha Futerman ... Christine
Alexis Chang Alexis Chang ... Katie (as Alexis Kapp Chang)
Stephen Chen Stephen Chen ... Gung Gung
Conor J. White Conor J. White ... Roy
Jackson Budinger Jackson Budinger ... Jess
Clint Jordan ... Walter
Eleanor Hutchins ... Gina
Ron Domingo ... Hank
Jackie Nova ... Shakira
Jake Holbrook Jake Holbrook ... Toby
Ian Boyd Ian Boyd ... Jimmy
Glen Brackenridge Glen Brackenridge ... Cheap Ass Naked Man
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Out of Place in the Middle of Nowhere.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

Cantonese | English

Release Date:

24 January 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Мотель See more »

Filming Locations:

Poughkeepsie, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,100, 2 July 2006

Gross USA:

$51,540

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$51,540
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Flan de Coco Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

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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Referenced in The Motel: Behind the Scenes (2007) See more »

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Oh My Dear (Falling In Love)
Written by Ween
Performed by Ween
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Heartwarming
6 July 2007 | by sbills89See 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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