The Motel

2005, Comedy/Drama, 1h 16m

32 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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A coming-of-age dramedy whose familiar outline is filled in with rewarding empathy and character detail, The Motel marks an impressive feature debut for writer-director Michael Kang. Read critic reviews

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While shouldering the burden of cleaning his family's sleazy motor inn, 13-year-old Ernest (Jeffrey Chyau) dreams of being a writer. A ne'er-do-well named Sam (Sung Kang) arrives for a night but stays longer, and the fatherless boy sees in him a male figure to emulate.

Cast & Crew

Jeffrey Chyau
Ernest Chin
Jade Wu
Ahma Chin
Alexis Chang
Katie Chin
Conor J. White
Roy
Gina Kwon
Producer
Esther Shapiro
Executive Producer
Richard Alan Shapiro
Executive Producer
Eden J. Shapiro
Executive Producer
Lisa Leone
Cinematographer
Colleen Sharp
Film Editor
David Leonard
Film Editor
Ernesto Solo
Production Design
Sarah Beers
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  • Jun 04, 2014
    A different type of coming of age story features a young Chinese boy who is pushed into depression by his mother while he works in a seemingly dead end motel business. Very charming.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 29, 2009
    I really like this movie but the fight with the girl in the car & then fighting with the guy living out of the hotel at the end spoiled everything for me
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 10, 2009
    Pretty short and low-budget, but a decent indie flick about a young chinese boy who works with his family at a suburban motel (hence the title). It's a very character-driven story and quite funny in parts. Sadly though, it got kind of dull after a while, as there wasn't much going on. The dialogue is also overly simple and doesn't hold much substance at all. So the only thing that really make this movie worthwhile is its originality, plus the humor bits. A fairly enjoyable watch, but I expected so much more than what I got.
    Mike S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 09, 2008
    Hilarious and touching, in the vein of Napoleon Dynamite but more human. I really enjoyed this movie and got to meet the producer at a Q&A, she seems pretty brilliant. Chubby Chinese kid coping with emerging sexuality at his family's run-dwon motel.
    a b Super Reviewer

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