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Americanese

Americanese (2006)

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Writer-director Eric Byler adapted his ensemble comedy drama Americanese from Shawn Wong's best-selling 1995 novel, American Knees. The film, like the novel, dramatizes the seriocomic day-to-day experiences of a number of Asian American immigrants in the City of Angels. At the story's center is milquetoast-dull, middle-aged college professor and divorcÚ Raymond Ding (Chris Tashima) -- so ineffectual that he barely seems to have control over the events that befall him, and so emotionally distant

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Drama, Romance, Comedy

Eric Byler, Shawn Wong

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Fine, understated performances and the self-assured way that Byler lets the film find its own rhythms, rather than setting into some template, result in a mature film of subtle complexity.

May 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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A collection of scenes in search of a coherent story, the film's characters don't develop, and plot lines fail to coalesce by the movie's conclusion.

April 26, 2006
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[Director Eric] Byler deals with characters who have lived their years, learned from them, and try to apply their values to their lives. Their romances are not heedless but wary, and involve a lot of negotiation.

March 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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This diverting, occasionally wry seriocomedy ultimately doesn't add up to a satisfying whole.

March 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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It's not the glacial pace that fatigues, but a lack of connection with the characters.

November 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
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Byler doesn't rush his storytelling; this is a deliberately paced, thoughtful meditation on racial issues and relationships ...

August 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinematical
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I'm convinced that Byler is a talent to watch.

May 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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You don't have to be Asian-American to understand the universal longing for love and self-acceptance.

April 9, 2006 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

Byler was just warming up with Charlotte Sometimes and somewhere deep down not only gets people - but how filmmaking can translate to those who don't.

March 20, 2006 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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