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Puberty sucks, and nobody knows it better than 13-year-old Ernest Chin (Jeffrey Chyau). As he watches guests come and go, Ernest finds himself forever stuck at his family's hourly-rate motel, where he divides his time between taking orders from his overbearing mom, cleaning up after whatever miscreants the motel may attract, and longing for the girl of his dreams, 15-year-old Christine (Samantha Futerman). When charismatic Sam Kim checks into the motel, fatherless Ernest is taken under his wing and hustled toward manhood, for better or worse. This comedy is by Michael Kang.


Studio Universal (Music)
SKU 203201445
UPC 660200314521
UPC 14 00660200314521
Format DVD
Release Date 7/3/2012
Cast & Crew
Colleen Sharp - Editor
David Leonard - Editor
Jade Wu - Actor
Jeffrey Chyau - Actor
Lisa Leone - Cinematographer
Michael Kang - Director
Michael Kang - Writer
Miguel Arteta, et. al. - Producer
Nathan Larson - Original Music By
Samantha Futerman - Actor
Sung Kang - Actor
Nominee (2007) Independent Spirit, Michael Kang, et. al., Best First Feature
Winner (2005) Independent Spirit, Gina Kwon, Producers Award
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review Today's arrival of Michael Kang's pleasant and surprisingly hard-edged coming-of-age indie film also speaks to the sorry state of independent film distribution in this country. "The Motel" closed the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival in March, 19 months ago. What took so long?...As a strategy for making an indie film, shooting on basically one location is a good one, and Kang does well in making a small story seem bigger. Some plot elements and insights are fairly predictable, others are not. Perhaps "The Motel" meanders a bit too much -- hard to do in a 76-minute film -- but it is an engaging little movie.
Reviewer G. Allen Johnson
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Los Angeles Times
Review Like a teenager struggling to stick out and fit in at the same time, Michael Kang makes his feature debut with "The Motel," a well-worn coming-of-age tale enlivened by pungent detail and a sharp visual sense...In the kind of offhand but carefully considered touch that lifts "The Motel" above a crowded pack, an anxious Ernest, whom Sam has ill-advisedly brought along on his home invasion, catches sight of a rack of carpet slippers, then looks unsteadily at his own feet. Perhaps he's worried about leaving tracks or wondering if stepping into Sam's shoes is really such a good idea. Thankfully, "The Motel" doesn't make too much of such fleeting moments.
Reviewer Sam Adams
ReviewRating 9
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Andrew O'Hehir, ...the ingredients of this coming-of-age fable are individually familiar, but you rarely see them come together so well.
Martha Fischer, Cinematical An effective, biting look at a typically dreadful childhood...
Nathan Rabin, The Onion A.V. Club Like the best independent films, The Motel realizes that life is made up of minor pleasures and tiny epiphanies...

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