The Motel
The Motel (2005)

Writer-director Michael Kang makes his feature debut with the coming-of-age comedy, The Motel. Newcomer Jeffrey Chyau stars as Ernest Chin, a chubby 13 year-old Chinese-American boy whose mother (Jade Wu) runs a sleazy motel in upstate New… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: June 28, 2005
DVD Release Date: January 30, 2007
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ty Burr
Boston Globe

The Motel gives the lie to all those mainstream teen sex comedies starring happy, horny gwailos .

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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

There is honesty and integrity in the filmmaking and the performances, which make The Motel among the best character studies of the year.

Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

A wonderful reminder that adult life is never as difficult as puberty was.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

Perhaps The Motel meanders a bit too much -- hard to do in a 76-minute film -- but it is an engaging little movie.

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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times

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

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Don Willmott

A welcome addition to the "awkward adolescence" genre,

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

It's a modest triumph of unflattering realism, proving yet again that a camera, a few good actors, the right material and a sensitive director are all you need to illuminate any particular aspect of humanity.

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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly

Even if writer-director Michael Kang doesn't exactly break new ground, he imbues his debut with a quiet, compelling inertia that mimics puberty's rudderless drift, its burgeoning desire for something, anything, to change.

Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine

A most impressive feature film debut by writer/director Michael Kang who has crafted a compelling tale by examining rites of passage from a fresh perspective, namely, that of a Chinese-American adolescent.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Mike S
Pretty short and low-budget, but a decent indie flick about a young chinese boy who works with his family at a suburban motel (hence the title). It's a… More
a b
Hilarious and touching, in the vein of Napoleon Dynamite but more human. I really enjoyed this movie and got to meet the producer at a Q&A, she seems… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "The Motel," 13-year old Ernest(Jeffrey Chyau) lives and works at a rundown motel managed by his mother, along with his… More
Sarah Prisbylla
Hilarious low-budget film about a pudgy chinese boy and his struggle with his ethnicity and adolescense.
John Ballantine
A different type of coming of age story features a young Chinese boy who is pushed into depression by his mother while he works in a seemingly dead end motel… More