Ethan Mao
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The product of a dysfunctional family takes unusual revenge on his parents in this drama. Ethan Mao (Jun Hee Lee) is a teenager living in a Los Angeles suburb with his straight-laced father (Raymond Ma), his new stepmother (Julia Nickson), his younger brother (David Tran), and his angry stepbrother (Kevin Kleinberg). Ethan has accepted his own homosexuality, but his father is not so understanding, and when he catches Ethan with a gay magazine, the youngster finds himself thrown out of the house. Ethan starts supporting himself as a street hustler, and moves in with Remigio (Jerry Hernandez), a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Messy admixtures of drama and mockery crucially undermine pic's serious message."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"Overly ambitious in its themes and crude in its execution."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"acting, directing, and production are all B to C level"
‑ Don Willmott,
"It builds tension gradually but surely to an exceptionally strong payoff."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Awkward dialogue, amateurist acting and uninspired direction."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"For a low-budget indie with no special effects, Ethan Mao is a treat to look at."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Nobody onscreen seems to realize that this deadeningly self-serious treatment of family dysfunction is so overwrought that it becomes a spot-on satire of low-budget ineptitude."
‑ Tim Grierson, L.A. Weekly
"Even allowing for the burdens of low-budget filmmaking, Ethan Mao is little more than a revenge fantasy for anyone whose parents ever gave him or her a hard time."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Excellent drama, via Quentin Lee."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
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