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The Motel Review


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Check in here to remember everything bad about your teen years. A welcome addition to the "awkward adolescence" genre, The Motel captures a small slice of a boy's excruciating puberty with all its frustrations, humiliations, and humbling realizations. A 2005 Sundance favorite, it's a delicate mix of humor and pathos with a gritty indie feel.

Ernest (Jeffrey Chyau), age 13, is a chubby Chinese-American boy who lives in his family-owned motel with his perpetually angry and demanding mother (Jade Wu), his aged grandfather, and his bratty but cute younger sister. A rundown lodge on the edge of suburbia, the motel rents rooms by the hour and attracts a mix of hookers, travelers, and poor folks who have lost their homes. After school, Ernest serves as the housekeeper, pushing a cart from room to room and picking up used condoms and girlie mags off the floor.

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Me And You And Everyone We Know Review


Extraordinary
Don't let Miranda July's background as a performance artist scare you away from her first feature, the offbeat, totally winning Me and You and Everyone We Know. July, who also stars in the film, combines a twisted indie sensibility with honesty and warmth, creating a movie of surprising accessibility. As the "independent" genre becomes increasingly forced, Miranda July's greatest accomplishment is that this all feels so effortless.

Making up the odd little microcosm of Me and You (recently chosen for competition at Cannes) are characters ranging in size, color, age and desires. Christine (July), a woman who chauffeurs the elderly around in her car, longs for two things: her own art installation and the affections of a scruffy shoe salesman named Richard (John Hawkes, of HBO's Deadwood). Richard is nursing a broken heart and a bit of self-flagellation since separating with his wife and moving his mixed race sons (Miles Thompson and amazing six-year-old Brandon Ratcliff) into a tiny apartment.

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