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Ethan Mao (2004)



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The product of a dysfunctional family takes unusual revenge on his parents in this drama. Ethan Mao (Jun Hee Lee) is a teenager living in a Los Angeles suburb with his straight-laced father (Raymond Ma), his new stepmother (Julia Nickson), his younger brother (David Tran), and his angry stepbrother (Kevin Kleinberg). Ethan has accepted his own homosexuality, but his father is not so understanding, and when he catches Ethan with a gay magazine, the youngster finds himself thrown out of the house. Ethan starts supporting himself as a street hustler, and moves in with Remigio (Jerry Hernandez), a drug dealer who develops a strong friendship with Ethan. On Thanksgiving Day, when his family is away, Ethan decides to break into his old house and recover a necklace that belonged to his late mother. Remigio decides to tag along, but before they can leave with the jewelry, the family unexpectedly comes home early. An argument breaks out and Remigio pulls a gun; moments later, Ethan and his friend are holding his mother and father hostage. Ethan Mao is the third feature from independent Asian-American filmmaker Quentin Lee.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Gay & Lesbian
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Written By: Quentin Lee
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On DVD: Sep 20, 2005
TLA Releasing - Official Site


Jun Hee Lee
as Ethan Mao
Raymond Ma
as Abraham
Mary Gilbert
as Mrs. Harvisham
David Tran
as Noel Mao
Rene DeLeon
as Teenage Boy
Erik Robinson
as Rich Man
Jayne Taini
as Waitress
Dana Pan
as Ethan's Mom
Michael Mesirow
as Sheriff Black
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Critic Reviews for Ethan Mao

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (12)

Messy admixtures of drama and mockery crucially undermine pic's serious message.

Full Review… | August 11, 2005
Top Critic

It builds tension gradually but surely to an exceptionally strong payoff.

Full Review… | August 11, 2005
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Nobody onscreen seems to realize that this deadeningly self-serious treatment of family dysfunction is so overwrought that it becomes a spot-on satire of low-budget ineptitude.

Full Review… | August 11, 2005
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Overly ambitious in its themes and crude in its execution.

July 15, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Awkward dialogue, amateurist acting and uninspired direction.

June 17, 2005
New York Post
Top Critic

Even allowing for the burdens of low-budget filmmaking, Ethan Mao is little more than a revenge fantasy for anyone whose parents ever gave him or her a hard time.

Full Review… | June 16, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Ethan Mao


I was reading the various "reviews" here on Flixter for this movie. It reminded me that each review (including the "plot" summary) should be titled "in my opinion". So, in my opinion, this is a movie worth seeing. It's about a lot more than being gay. No special effects or that stuff, but a movie to watch and listen to and, maybe, even think about a bit.

Glen Shrope

Nice kick off for Jun Hee Lee. Could have been better acting and was somewhat over the top. I got the message. And Jerry Hernandez is such a sweetie.

Dave Smith

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