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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 »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Chyau ... Ernest
... Sam
... Ahma Chin
... Christine
Alexis Chang ... Katie (as Alexis Kapp Chang)
Stephen Chen ... Gung Gung
Conor J. White ... Roy
Jackson Budinger ... Jess
... Walter
... Gina
... Hank
... Shakira
Jake Holbrook ... Toby
Ian Boyd ... Jimmy
Glen Brackenridge ... Cheap Ass Naked Man


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.


Comedy | Drama


Not Rated


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Release Date:

24 January 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Мотель  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,100, 2 July 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$47,111, 8 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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Third Act Lack, but Nice Kang Attack
2 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

I thought the movie was excellent, except for the conclusion. Like most independent films, the third act is lacking. Kang really told a great story, but it kind of fell flat at the end. I guess his mother reading the story is supposed to be the conclusion, but maybe having some sort of dialogue with the son would have made the third act more fulfilling.

Otherwise, can't say enough good things about this movie. I liked that there were no stars. I always find a movie more believable when I don't know anyone in the cast. Hey look, it's Denzel. Wasn't he killed in Training Day? The opening scenes with strangers coming in to have sex and the family having to clean up their mess was done very well. Brought the audience into a world it never sees.

I knew very little about Asian relationships from movies. The only other Asian film (besides Crouching Tiger and the like) that I have seen that has dealt with relationships is the Joy Luck Club. It was nice to see this dynamic from the viewpoint of a young male. Joy Luck Club was solely from the female perspective.

Can't wait to see more from Kang.

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