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Model Minority (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama | 29 July 2012 (USA)
A 16-year-old half-Japanese teen's life spirals out of control after her parents divorce.

Director:

Lily Mariye

Writer:

Lily Mariye
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11 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nichole Sakura ... Kayla Tanaka (as Nichole Bloom)
Courtney Mun Courtney Mun ... Amberlyn Tanaka
Jessica Tuck ... Angie Tanaka
Chris Tashima ... Ken Tanaka
Delon de Metz ... Treyshawn Doty
Takayo Fischer ... Grandma Reiko Tanaka
Marc Anthony Samuel ... Dionte
Helen Slater ... Mrs. Ambrose
Robert Bailey Jr. ... J.J.
Laura Innes ... Judge Keaton
Taylor Boggan Taylor Boggan ... Eric the DJ
Erin Sanders ... Josie
Danielle Larracuente ... Alicia
Kelly Heyer ... Megan
Michelle C. Bonilla ... Cristina (as Michelle Bonilla)
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Storyline

Written and directed by ER (1994) castmember Lily Mariye, this gritty, sexually frank coming-of-age story has won 11 awards. Set in inner-city Los Angeles. Stars the immensely sympathetic newcomer Nichole Sakura in a compelling, cross-cultural, character-driven drama. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Inauthentic
19 July 2013 | by timlin-4See all my reviews

The plot is contrived and even the "ethnic" elements seem formulaic, as if some white kid from the suburbs thought it up. "Good girl from dysfunctional family gets involved with a bad crowd"--a classic, but this presentation is just too tame. The characters are not very plausible, and even the "victim" characters are unsympathetic, which really deflates the melodramatic resolution of the movie. The soundtrack is wretched. That said, while there is nothing very interesting going on in this movie, it's not that unpleasant to watch. The story develops smoothly, the characters go through the expected motions, the production is good enough: it's uninspired, not stupid. Or maybe I just have a fetish for girls riding bicycles.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Model Minority See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Nice Girls Films See more »
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