Life, Translated

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A young woman faces a new variety of challenges when she crosses continents to attend a new school in this teen comedy drama. Jen (Jennifer Li) is a 17-year-old girl from mainland China who wins a scholarship to study at an international boarding school in Great Britain. While Jen is excited about her new opportunity, she soon discovers that not everyone at the school immediately accepts her, and as she struggles to find her place among her new classmates, she becomes the victim of a number of vicious pranks; her efforts to learn to speak English as well as she can read it also causes her problems. Jen's emotions are also sent on a roller-coaster ride when she falls for both star rugby player Tom (Cary Woodworth) and good-looking but attitudinal musician D.J. (Edison Chen). But Jen is determined to make good no matter what folks think about her, and she gains an ally in a sensitive English teacher. Directed by Kiefer Liu, Life, Translated was based on a book by leading lady Jennifer Li, who also helped Liu adapt the story into a screenplay. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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All Critics (3) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (2)

  • Kiefer Liu's eccentric bit of teen sigh candy is veined with enough chewy oddities to give it texture, but its sappy center isn't sustainable over 100 minutes.

    Oct 7, 2005
  • Plays like something you might stumble across on the WB network.

    Oct 7, 2005 | Rating: 2/4
  • The movie presents a hopeful, if sugary, view of cultural dislocation.

    Oct 7, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

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