Shopping for Fangs (1998)




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This hip and funny thriller centers on four very different Asian-Americans in their 20s whose lives unexpectedly intertwine. Phil is a payroll clerk who believes that he is turning into a werewolf because he has an unusual amount of body hair. Clarence is a homosexual student who spends most his time studying in the diner where the feisty, blond-wig wearing lesbian Trinh works. Katherine is married to a real meathead. She is terrified of lovemaking and is very forgetful due to occasional blackouts. One day, Katherine loses her wallet. Soon afterward she starts getting romantic letters from Trinh. Her husband finds the letters and begins searching for Trinh. Meanwhile, Clarence makes Trinh his confidante and Phil begins believing that he is responsible for a series of deaths.
R (For language, sexuality and some violence)
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Jeanne Chinn
as Katherine Nguyen
Dana Pan
as May
Roxanne Coyne
as Dr. Hali
Clint Jung
as Jim Lee
Daniel Twyman
as Dr. Suleri
John Cho
as Clarence
Peggy Ahn
as Grace
Jeanne Chin
as Katherine Nguyen
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Critic Reviews for Shopping for Fangs

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

It's got real energy, and its solid grounding in LA's Asian community gives the laughs a genuine cultural point of view.

Full Review… | April 1, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Breaks about as much new ground as a plastic fork.

Full Review… | April 19, 2001
Film Journal International

So amateurishly bad that it could almost be a parody of indie films.

Full Review… | April 19, 2001
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999

Audience Reviews for Shopping for Fangs

The first half is overwhelmed by stupid jokes, and boring melodrama and never seems to get off the ground while the second half is over burdened by horrible performances an terrible directing.

Mark Kruis
Mark Kruis

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