6.7/10
1,255
11 user 25 critic

The Motel (2005)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 24 January 2005 (USA)
Trailer
2:01 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
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:

Writer:

5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

West 32nd (2007)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A lawyer gets mixed up with Korean gangsters in New York City.

Director: Michael Kang
Stars: John Cho, Jun Kim, Jun-ho Jeong
Drama | Romance

Brad Bang is one of the top male supermodels in the world. Grace Sol is a passionate but fragile actress. Despite their growing, troubled relationship, after a series of rehearsals and one ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Kang
Stars: Hye-Kyo Song, Esther Nam, Crystal Field
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

After Lily rejects her boyfriend's marriage proposal, she returns home to Hawaii where she must help out with her mother's weddingplanning business.

Director: Michael Kang
Stars: Henry Dittman, Illeana Douglas, Sung Kang
Easy to Assemble (TV Series 2008)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Illeana Douglas comically deconstructs her life, puts together her future, and with the help of big box giant IKEA discovers the best role she never played was herself.

Stars: Illeana Douglas, Michael Irpino, Tom Arnold
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Director: Michael Kang
Stars: John Fukuda
Edit

Cast

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
Jackie Nova ... Shakira
Jake Holbrook ... Toby
Ian Boyd ... Jimmy
Glen Brackenridge ... Cheap Ass Naked Man
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Out of Place in the Middle of Nowhere.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

24 January 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Мотель  »

Filming Locations:


Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,100, 2 July 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$47,111, 8 October 2006
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

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.
See more »

Connections

Features Happy Tree Friends: Volume 1: First Blood (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Perfect
Written by Maggie Kim
Performed by Maggie Kim
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
American film from an Asian-American's perspective
7 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

I found this movie at the public library. I never heard about it playing in theaters. I loved "You and Me and Everyone We Know" by Miranda July so I thought I'd give this one a try. It helped that it was about a Chinese-American family as I am Chinese American myself. There is a sensitivity in the handling of the characters' emotions that is different from 99% of movies out there, an authenticity and empathy that precise depicts the awkwardness and unspoken despair and silly sadness of everyday life. Some scenes were a little unconvincing and undeveloped or outlandish, but for the few brief moments of genuine emotion this movie captured, it was worth it. Naturally I give this a thumbs-up as I would like to see more movies from the Asian-American perspective. Usually Asian-Americans are the side characters..in this one the non-Asians are.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 11 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial