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The film follows Ernest Chin, an awkward 13 year old, who faces normal pubescent dilemmas. He is pestered by a local bully, is secretly in love with his best girlfriend, and is starting to explore his sexual nature. Through it all, he is expected to work cleaning rooms at the motel nonstop and his family doesn't support his academic and artistic interests--he has won an honorable mention in a writing contest (not even good enough to lose)! When a young Korean man (Sung Kang) checks into the motel, Ernest is fascinated. Hip and attractive, hard partying and successful with women--this childlike adult intrigues Ernest. But it soon becomes clear that Kang is, also, a bit of a wreck--and he forms a relationship with Ernest because he needs someone to connect with, someone who will look up to him. This relationship is, by far, the most dynamic element within "The Motel." In fact, the rest of the picture pales in comparison to the energetic interplay whenever Kang is on the screen.Read more ›
It got a couple Sundance awards and a prize at the San Francisco Asian American Film Festival. I believe it was also nominated for an IFC Spirit award for 'Best First Feature.'
The film starts out on a light note with 13 year old Ernest eating an egg roll sitting on a dumpster outside a Chinese restaurant. He is smitten by a 15 year old girl working at the restaurant with whom he shares life and growing up experiences. Ernest is in love, while the girl (Christine) doesn't hold the same feelings. (Such is life.)
There are some funny scenes and others that make you feel awkward. (Spoiler) The best acting scene was at the very end when he comes face to face with his mother. There is no conversation, just a look of understanding on both their faces. This would have been a great turning point for the film, but alas it ends here. Made me hungry for more.
Has anyone else ever eaten 3 day old Popeye's chicken they found left behind in a Motel room?
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Jade Wu is great in this little film . It's not filled with action or sex but it's brimming over with humor and human feelings , not Bathos and not Pathos but truthfully performed... Read morePublished 4 months ago by George Murdock
A lot of unnecessary nudity and other content in this film!Published 15 months ago by Snazzy dresser!
My favorite movie of all time. I would say it's somewhat similar to Napoleon Dynamite, but heart touching.Published 17 months ago by Alan
This movie is supposedly based on a great book called Waylaid but the only thing they have in common is that the main character is Asian and lives at his parents' motel. Read morePublished 17 months ago by john in RI
It's just above average. Mainly because it's a low budget movie and at least they had good story line and actors playing their parts. Read morePublished on May 13, 2012 by S. Der
Ive watched it about 20 times now. pretty good movie. its worth seeing. Not a kids movie, though, like some may be lead to believe. Read morePublished on March 7, 2012 by Tintenfische
Overall, an interesting idea for a movie, following the life of a Chinese teenage boy whose family owns a local Motel that he works at after school. Read morePublished on March 3, 2012 by Rantings Of a Girl
If your desire in watching The Motel is to stare in at someone else's life, or re-affirm your faith in the ultimate goodness of life, then choose another film. Read morePublished on March 7, 2010 by Saroyan