My opinion about this film is subjective so don’t get your panties in a bunch.
I watched this because my husband and son wanted to… I didn’t really care for it and not because I don’t support Asians but because I would’ve been okay waiting for it to stream. We watched a matinée and I’m so glad we did because movies are expensive to begin with and I didn’t want to spend over $50 on tickets for the three of us.
The entire film I felt awkward and noticed myself cringing with the writing and acting. My favorite character was the gf with the short hair. She was freaking awesome, however the rest were whatever.
The storyline was plausible and I actually got teary-eyed at the end when the mother finally accepted the girl into the family. I felt satisfaction in this scene because I am familiar with the cultural difficulties that I’ve endured growing up. Korean parents like most Asian parents are super judgemental and non-accepting.
I tried to think about what made me cringe and feel so awkward but I couldn’t put my finger on it. I felt uncomfortable through the interactions of the characters and felt like they were over-emphasizing a lot of things. I get that it’s movie and things need to be exaggerated, however it didn’t seem realistic.
My co-worker pointed out that maybe I felt awkward because I was not used to seeing Asian dominant characters play these types of roles, but that wasn’t it either.
I’m not sure if these culturally ethnic centric films will ever be successful in the U.S. because racism still exists. Without racism, people are able to truly express the honesty of our daily happenings. With racism, people are scared to be completely candid with their writing, directing, whatever it may be because they may offend someone. If the screenplay depicts something that is true to one ethnic group, others watching the film may feel validated or confirmed about their beliefs about one another. Our mindset has to be changed for everyone to access equilibrium. If we’re not thinking about us being so different from the rest, a film will just be a film. But I think we have at least a century to overcome that.