The Motel (2005)
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The Motel gives the lie to all those mainstream teen sex comedies starring happy, horny gwailos .
Perhaps The Motel meanders a bit too much -- hard to do in a 76-minute film -- but it is an engaging little movie.
It's a modest triumph of unflattering realism, proving yet again that a camera, a few good actors, the right material and a sensitive director are all you need to illuminate any particular aspect of humanity.
There is honesty and integrity in the filmmaking and the performances, which make The Motel among the best character studies of the year.
A well-worn coming-of-age tale enlivened by pungent detail and a sharp visual sense.
Even if writer-director Michael Kang doesn't exactly break new ground, he imbues his debut with a quiet, compelling inertia that mimics puberty's rudderless drift, its burgeoning desire for something, anything, to change.
Audience Reviews for The Motel
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.
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.
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.
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