The Grace Lee Project (2005)
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Critic Reviews for The Grace Lee Project
Niftily shot and edited, The Grace Lee Project isn't just a witty unpacking of stereotype. It's also a welcome freshening of the old documentary saw that there's no such thing as an ordinary person.
Although the filmmaker provides some welcome humor in her often self-deprecating narration, she also displays a self-indulgence that gives her effort the distinct air of a vanity project.
Eager to find out more about these like-named folks, she launched a highly unscientific investigation. Luckily for us, she recorded everything in the fun documentary The Grace Lee Project.
Though self-centered by its very nature, Grace Lee's chronicle of other women who share her name turns out to be a funny and insightful exploration into identity issues we all can recognize.
In her small, witty autobiographical documentary, a Korean-American filmmaker named Grace Lee explores the personal and social ramifications of a name she finds oppressive.
A breezy first-person video essay that goes in search of the average Asian American woman, all the while wondering if there is in fact such a thing.
Audience Reviews for The Grace Lee Project
More than a little pretentious as a concept, but I really enjoyed two of the individual stories (the ones about the Asian Black activist and the woman who helped her domestically abused friend). There didn't seem like the filmmaker had much to say other than "there's a lot of Grace Lees" so that her observations and everything seemed really scatterbrained.
Here?s another self-obsessed Asian-American female videomaker looking for some deeper sense of identity and worth. Why yes, of course she narrates with plenty of self-reflection and obvious observations, and yes, they are guaranteed to be pointless and boring. Puke. Oh yeah, and then she complains about some stereotypes and tries to disprove them. I will admit she does find two mildly interesting characters ? a near-deaf mom and an old civil rights activist. These two subjects showed some passion and disregarded preconceived notions of Grace Lees. They worked for what they believed in and didn?t seem to care what anyone else thought of them. If only these segments were included, the video would have been tolerable and maybe kind of good. It was hard to watch, and even the two good characters didn?t really teach me anything ? they were just more likable than anyone else involved with the project.
Much better than I expected. The jesus freak girl kind of spooked me, but I think she would be cool to know IRL.
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