Take Out (2004)



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Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou make their feature debut as writer/directors with the documentary-style DV drama Take Out. Korean-American actor Charles Jang stars as Ming Ding, a Chinese illegal immigrant struggling to make ends meet working as a deliveryman at a take-out restaurant. His day begins when he is rousted, beaten, and threatened with more violence by two men over an 800-dollar debt, which he incurred because he felt obligated to send some money back to his wife and child in China. … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Sean Baker (II) , Sean Baker, Shih-Ching Tsou
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On DVD: Sep 1, 2009
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Critic Reviews for Take Out

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (9)

[The] endless string of demeaning apartment-doorway interactions with a convincing cross-section of hungry customers is darkly funny, even if it never snowballs into the After Hours-type obstacle course one might hope.

Full Review… | September 19, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A remarkable film...Baker and Tsous simple narrative feels like a richly authentic documentary.

Full Review… | July 10, 2008
New Yorker
Top Critic

A deeply affecting portrayal of a struggling Chinese emigre in contempo Gotham.

Full Review… | June 24, 2008
Top Critic

The movie took a long time to get distribution, but there's no expiration date on filmmaking this strong.

Full Review… | June 6, 2008
AV Club
Top Critic

Relying on ambient sound, a handheld camera and lots of close-ups, Take Out is realistically raw and bleak.

Full Review… | June 6, 2008
New York Post
Top Critic

The season's freshest, most sympathetic movie about making your way in modern-day Manhattan with a little help from your friends.

Full Review… | June 6, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Take Out

Stay away from this movie at all costs. There is absolutely no redeeming quality this film possesses. It's repetitive, slow-paced and very dull. What could've been an interesting character study of illegal immigrants and their integration into the American society, instead, turned into a ho-hum attempt at creating a slice-of-life picture that makes you want to slice your wrists instead. "Tedious" would be a step-up for this. "Boring" is more like it.

Rico Zamora

Super Reviewer

In "Take Out," Ming Ding(Charles Jang) has been threatened by loan sharks he is in debt to. If he does not pay them $800 by the end of the day, they will double his debt. And they leave him something to remember them by. The first $500 is easy enough and his co-worker Young(Jeng-Hua Yu), who has dreams of bigger things than delivering Chinese food, gives him another $150. He also helps out Ming by giving him his deliveries for the day, and therefore his tips, because he also really does not want to be riding a bicycle in the rain in Manhattan, not exactly a bike friendly place.

"Take Out" takes a realistic approach in its depiction of immigrant life in New York City with its digitally shot footage at street level. The immigrants are here trying to make a better life for themselves but also in many cases, like Ming's and Young's, leave family behind. So, in the new country, they have to work together to survive. What separates Ming is that he has borrowed money from loan sharks to pay off his family. That's what gives the movie its driving force but also puts it at odds with its otherwise naturalistic approach.(By comparison, "Clerks" did well by just depicting one ordinary day in the life of a convenience store.) That's not to mention that we do not have any way to measure how well Ming is doing through the day(His previous record is $90.) which leads to a good deal of repetitiveness and a predictable buildup to something I could see happening a mile away.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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