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The adolescents at the camp in "Seoul Searching," which takes place during the summer of 1983, fall a little too easily into stereotypes.
Despite the overwrought stylization, the heart of "Seoul Searching" does ultimately emerge.
"Seoul Searching" is unforgettable in how it boldly presents adolescence, specifically here from a minority's perspective, not just as a life passage, but a type of performance.
A buoyant, if undisciplined comedy about foreign-raised South Korean teenagers getting in touch with their ethnic roots.
While the humor is nothing new, the situations are.
Lee's most accessible film yet looks poised to capitalize on enduring 80s nostalgia and a refreshingly appealing premise that could see the film crossing over from niche bookings to much broader appeal.
The idea to explore these multi-cultural teens is something not many people can easily take on, but the execution and script need a bit of polishing.
I also can't deny the void that this movie fills in a country that continues to insist that people of color can only be sidekicks or tokens even when its our stories being told.
When he drops the pretense and just lets the characters exist together, Seoul Searching can be charming and fun.
Benson Lee's Seoul Searching is a funny and often poignant meditation on both ethnic identity and drinking games.
Drawn way too broadly in its indefatigable search for cheap laughs; an opportunity to explore cultural differences gets blown here.
Seoul Searching may be familiar in style to the films Benson Lee clearly loves, but it will tug at the heartstrings of a brand new generation of moviegoers.
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