All About Dad
Mr. Do (Chi Pham) has raised his kids to be good Catholics and to live up to his unrealistic expectations. His son Ty (David Huynh) is abandoning pre-med to chase a less practical dream, while Linh (Yvonne Truong) is keeping her fiancé's Buddhist background a secret. However, they aren't the only kids with secrets in the Do family. It's time Dad faces the truth that his kids have grown up.
Delightfully hilarious, yet mixed with great tenderness and humanism, All About Dad addresses the familiar theme of old world father vs. new world kids with deftness and originality. It's a masterful family portrait that's sure to resonate with any family.
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I have lived a version of this story and it rang true. This family very much exists in one form or another and I think many viewers will relate on some level.
David Huynh makes quite a splash with his student film. I am looking for more from him.
1) they need to decide whether the film is a going to be a comedy or drama. I've seen "dramedies" before that were done well. In this film, it just seemed like an after thought.
2) The characters are barely 2-dimensional although you can see where the makers of the film TRY SO HARD (as an after thought) to add more dimensions to the characters. It falls flat.
3) Some of the shots go against the rules of basic film making.
I saw this film several years ago at a film festival. I sat there during the whole movie angry that this film was so bad. The content and insensitivity to their very own audience (Asians...although the film might as well have been made by ignorant non-Asians) was appalling.
I believe the director/writer/actor was in his early 20s when this movie was made. It was quite obvious that he had a lot of growing up to do.
I cannot in good conscience give this film any rating higher than one star. I'd give it LESS if I could.