The Motel

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Released 2005

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Director:
Michael Kang
Released:
2005
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Puberty sucks, and nobody knows it better than 13-year-old Ernest. As he watches guests come and go, Ernest finds himself forever stuck at his family's hourly-rate motel. He is forced to divide his time between taking orders from his overbearing mom, cleaning up after the miscreant quests staying at the motel, and longing for the girl of his dreams, 15-year-old Christine. He lacks the courage to tell her how he feels, that is until charismatic Sam Kim checks into the motel and takes fatherless Ernest for a wild ride toward manhood, for better or worse.

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  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Michael Kang's small, perfectly observed portrait of Ernest Chin (Jeffrey Chyau), a Chinese-American boy who lives and works in a dingy downscale motel operated by his mother, capt...

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times

    A well-worn coming-of-age tale enlivened by pungent detail and a sharp visual sense.

  • 70

    Variety Joe Leydon

    The Motel offers a fresh take on characters and conventions, and compels interest with shrewd, sympathy-inspiring storytelling.

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