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The Motel (2005)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 24 January 2005 (USA)
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Thirteen-year-old Ernest Chin lives and works at a sleazy hourly-rate motel on a strip of desolate suburban bi-way. Misunderstood by his family and blindly careening into puberty, Ernest ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Kang

Writers:

Michael Kang, Ed Lin (based on the novel "Waylaid" by)
5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Chyau Jeffrey Chyau ... Ernest
Sung Kang ... Sam
Jade Wu ... Ahma Chin
Samantha Futerman ... Christine
Alexis Chang Alexis Chang ... Katie (as Alexis Kapp Chang)
Stephen Chen Stephen Chen ... Gung Gung
Conor J. White Conor J. White ... Roy
Jackson Budinger Jackson Budinger ... Jess
Clint Jordan ... Walter
Eleanor Hutchins ... Gina
Ron Domingo ... Hank
Jackie Nova ... Shakira
Jake Holbrook Jake Holbrook ... Toby
Ian Boyd Ian Boyd ... Jimmy
Glen Brackenridge Glen Brackenridge ... Cheap Ass Naked Man
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Thirteen-year-old Ernest Chin lives and works at a sleazy hourly-rate motel on a strip of desolate suburban bi-way. Misunderstood by his family and blindly careening into puberty, Ernest befriends Sam Kim, a self-destructive yet charismatic Korean man who has checked in. Sam teaches the fatherless boy all the rites of manhood. Written by anonymous

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Out of Place in the Middle of Nowhere.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Language:

Cantonese | English

Release Date:

24 January 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Мотель See more »

Filming Locations:

Poughkeepsie, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,100, 2 July 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$47,111, 8 October 2006
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Flan de Coco Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Sam: I know what you were thinking. I hope this guy speaks english.
Ernest: No, You walk like you speak english.
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Features Happy Tree Friends: Volume 1: First Blood (2002) See more »

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Written by Maggie Kim
Performed by Maggie Kim
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Ernestly wanting to grow up
26 February 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Don't think that I have a fondness for this film because it features a chubby 13-year-old with glasses and no clue as to what life is about. I assure you that it is not my biography - although it could very well be.

The award winning film at Sundance and the Independent Spirit Awards is a cute and poignant coming-of-age tale about a Chinese-American (Jeffrey Chyau in his first role) who is lost until he meets Sam (Sung Kang - War, Live Free or Die Hard), a Korean-American, who seems to have it all together.

Sam is really a man with problems of his own and not a great role model. Fortunately Ernest does get into a lot of trouble with him.

It is interesting to see Ernest trying to find love and stumbling badly at that. he is floating, with his father not around to provide guidance, and his alcoholic mother no help at all.

Asian-American stereotypical behavior aside, it is a worthwhile film to catch when it plays on the Sundance Channel.


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