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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

Writer:

Michael Kang
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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Out of Place in the Middle of Nowhere.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$47,111, 8 October 2006
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Flan de Coco Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Connections

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

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Untitled #2
Written by Carol Bui
Performed by Carol Bui
Courtesy of Drunken Butterfly
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American film from an Asian-American's perspective
7 August 2014 | by CarolSee 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.


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