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With: Jeffrey Chyau, Sung Kang, Jade Wu, Samantha Futerman, Stephen Chen, Alexis Chang, Conor J. White, Jackson Budinger, Clint Jordan, Eleanor Hutchins, Ron Domingo, Jackie Nova
Written by: Michael Kang
Directed by: Michael Kang
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 75
Date: 03/18/2013
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The Motel (2006)

2 Stars (out of 4)

Bland 'Motel'

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

One of the greatest tragedies in movies involves coming-of-age stories that look and feel exactly the same, as if everyone had lived the same childhood. Written in English and directed by Michael Kang, The Motel at least has a different setting: a sleazy pay-by-the-hour joint where drunken patrons bring cheap girls (even if the movie itself stays on the safe side). And our hero, Ernest (Jeffrey Chyau) is a chunky, bespectacled Chinese-American kid who helps his tyrannical mother clean the rooms. He is secretly in love with a slightly older girl, a waitress at a Chinese restaurant, and befriends a slick businessman, who teaches a few life lessons, but each of Ernest's interactions and epiphanies is pure, calculated movieland.

DVD Details: Palm Pictures' DVD comes with a commentary track by director Kang and actors Jeffrey Chyau and Sung Kang, as well as a featurette, deleted scenes, audition tapes and trailers.

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