Georgia Lee, in her feature bow, presents a lightly feminist, good-naturedly comic sketch of a Chinese-American family in crisis. But despite pic’s earnestness and obvious good intentions, narrative elements, carefully set forth though they may be, fall back on overfamiliar, underdeveloped tropes. Nevertheless, upbeat pic, which snared NYNY prize at Tribeca, could find sympathetic auds on the fest route and cable.
When the family’s newly retired father (Tzi Ma) runs off to a monastery, the women of the house are forced to re-evaluate their lives. Workaholic eldest sister (Jacqueline Kim) contacts an old folk-singing flame on the eve of her marriage to her yuppie lover; baby sis (Kathy Shao-Lin Lee) escalates her somewhat inexplicable, explosive sneak attacks against the boy next door; and shy medical student Julie (Elaine Kao) comes out of the closet to take up with a sexy starlet. Tech credits are pro, but scenes rarely evolve either organically or stylistically. Except for Tzi Ma, who brings his own rhythms and comic timing to the role of the video-watching patriarch cast seems mired in exposition.