Ethan Mao

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Released 2005

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Director:
Quentin Lee
Released:
2005
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After his family kicks him out of the house because he's gay, teenager Ethan Mao (Jun Hee Lee) resorts to street hustling and befriends drug dealer Remigio (Jerry Hernandez). On a day when he's sure his family is out, Ethan, accompanied by Remigio, goes home to get some things. But when he's caught by his disapproving family, Ethan's forced to hold them hostage. Tension builds and secrets are revealed as family members confront one another.

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  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    At once a tender love story and a psychological suspense drama that lays bare the acute tensions that threaten to tear apart an upwardly mobile suburban L.A. Chinese American family.

  • 40

    Variety Robert Koehler

    Messy admixtures of drama and mockery crucially undermine pic's serious message.

  • 30

    The New York Times

    By the time we reach the "Butch Cassidy"-inspired climax, any filaments of credibility still clinging to these characters have completely disappeared.

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