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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The Good Girl is as close as you can get to nothing and still have something to project on screen. So greatly lacking in life, interest, and imagination, it's amazing the film was ever made. The characters almost sleepwalk from scene to scene, deficient of spirit, energy, humor, and any will to live. Nobody in this movie has a decent future. Most of the characters look as if they'd happily dive head first from the nearest bridge.
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Chuck & Buck is a story of forgiveness, a tale of individuals locked in obsession, denial, and ignorance. The film revolves around two guys, Chuck and Buck, who were the best of mates growing up. When Chuck moves at the age of 11, the trauma ends up stunting Buck emotionally. Flash-forward about 17 years and we encounter Buck, who still plays with Matchbox cars and keeps a glowing blue orb lamp stuffed full of lollipops. Buck's mother has just passed away so he writes a letter to Chuck, whom he hasn't seen since the departure, asking him to come to her funeral.
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