Saving Face (2005) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
This is a movie you'd skip if you just read the plot
summary. A female director shows how three generations of a Chinese-American family grapple with
generational conflicts and the ways to resolve modern American
problems without disturbing the complex social values of a traditional society. The Grandmother is dying. The
widowed 48-year-old mother is pregnant. The daughter is a surgeon who
has not come out of the closet. In other words, it's a soap opera. The
"plot," if it has one, centers around the identity of the mother's
lover and the daughter's willingness to share her secret. In both
cases, a stubborn grandfather stands at the center of the storm,
prepared to heap scorn upon anyone who doesn't respect his traditional
values. (And by "respect," he doesn't mean "accept." He means
Sounds pretty awful, doesn't it? The final nail, the one about ready to seal the coffin, is the fact that it is a chick-flick, rated .9 higher by women than by men at IMDb.
Despite all that, I'm going to tell you guys that you'll probably enjoy it. Why?
The lesbian love scene is short and not exploitative, so that really isn't as big a selling point as I pretended above. Nonetheless, I liked the film very much, mostly for the humor and the insight into the family's adaptation to America, less for the heart-warming romances, although they are there as well, and your wife or significant other will appreciate them.
Because it appeals to men and even more strongly to women, it's a good date movie.
Not for me of course. I take my dates to see The Devil's Rejects.
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