Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Motel

Thirteen year old Earnest wants to leave the hourly-rate motel that his immigrant Chinese family owns; he wants to go the awards dinner for the honorable mention; he wants to make it with his teenage friend who waitresses at the nearby Chinese restaurant, but despite everything he wants, he really doesn't have much of an idea of who he is or what he should be doin', until a mysterious lothario named Sam arrives and complicates his world even more. The naturalistic style, the subtle dark humor and winning characters everywhere make this coming-of-age, fish-out-of-water story a delight to engage.

++++1/2