Americanese (2007)





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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Shawn Wong, Eric Byler
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as Brenda Nishitani

as Betty Nguyen

as Wood Ding

as Raymond Ding

as Aurora Crane
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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

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.

Full Review… | May 30, 2006
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
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

[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.

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

Full Review… | March 28, 2006
Top Critic

It's not the glacial pace that fatigues, but a lack of connection with the characters.

Full Review… | November 30, 2006
Film Freak Central

Byler doesn't rush his storytelling; this is a deliberately paced, thoughtful meditation on racial issues and relationships ...

Full Review… | August 24, 2006

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