By Helin Jung
Updated February 14, 2007 at 05:00 AM EST
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Credit: Red Doors: Graig Uhlin

Red Doors

type
  • Movie

In the way that you love the kindergartner who cannot carry a tune to save his three-foot self (but is really giving his all as the broccoli in the school play), you will love Red Doors, a movie about a Chinese-American family dealing with dysfunction in suburban New York. You’ll squint to ignore the obnoxious clichés (Mom says ”hip-ah hop-ah,” daughter doesn’t want to wear the traditional red wedding dress), and you’ll forgive the way the story goes from crisis to warm hugs in 60 seconds. How could you hate a movie that portrays angst so cheerfully? The film’s biggest successes are in noticing the silent details: Lucky (the dog), Ed (the dad, played by Tzi Ma) and his quiet expressions of love and despair, delicately sliced apples on toothpicks, hand-ruled sheets of paper, and the house with its red doors (the real-life childhood home of writer-director Georgia Lee). EXTRAS include a tiresome commentary and a gratuitous making-of, but they’re all worth it to hear actress Freda Foh Shen’s tale of her ”character’s” trip to Bloomingdales. B+

Red Doors

type
  • Movie
mpaa
  • R
runtime
  • 90 minutes
director
  • Georgia Lee

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