An American in China (2008) Twenty-two year old David Braddock is floundering - stuck in that lazy period between college and "what am I going to do with the rest of my life?" Even David's best friend, Sha is concerned with David's aimless attitude. When David's parents pressure him to either choose a career path or join the family business, he decides to follow his father's urging to "Go East Young Man." Once in China, he finds that it is much different from what he imagined: full of bustling modern cities as well as charming little villages. He travels to a town that the modern world hasn't yet altered and meets Mei: a beautiful, ambitious young girl who works two jobs in order to save enough money to follow her dream of going to the prestigious Beijing University. Despite their differences, a romance blossoms during the few short weeks that David is with Mei. As Romance is thrown into the mix David begins to find himself falling for the beautiful, intelligent, and hardworking Mei. Played by a winningly earnest Sun Fei Fei, it's Mei, a factory employee who is trying to fulfill her dream to attend Beijing University while balancing her own ambitions with her loyalty to her loving family, who helps David to realize that there is quite a difference between simply being a dreamer and trying to achieve a dream. Producer Wenxin (Maggie) Yuan made a travel film that takes the audience on a trip to present-day China, and not only give them a pseudo-vacation, but also show them that even though there are many differences between our countries and cultures, there are many shared dreams and desires between the two cultures. This coming of age story is a journey to another country, shows a world in China that that can be similar to our own. Politics, cultural differences and distances cannot change the fact that we all share the same common humanity and the same basic desire: to love and be loved. The first half of this movie is just barely fair and bored me. The film got much better in the 2nd half as the setting moved to China. Its and ok film nothing to write home about. I would have skipped it had I known that beforehand. Thankfully the film is a short 88 minutes or it would have bored me even more. 2 or 3 stars.