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  • Summary: Red Doors tells the story of the Wongs, a bizarrely dysfunctional Chinese-American family living in the New York suburbs. Ed Wong has just retired and plots to escape his mundane life. However, the tumultuous, madcap lives of his three rebellious daughters change his plans. (PolychromeRed Doors tells the story of the Wongs, a bizarrely dysfunctional Chinese-American family living in the New York suburbs. Ed Wong has just retired and plots to escape his mundane life. However, the tumultuous, madcap lives of his three rebellious daughters change his plans. (Polychrome Pictures LLC) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    75
    A gentle, pleasant film about people you genuinely like.
  2. Writer-director Georgia Lee never leaves any doubt that the bonds of ethnic family devotion are a charm against any woe more serious than an engagement to the wrong white guy.
  3. Well-told and charming, debuting writer-helmer Georgia Lee's comedy-drama Red Doors is big on heart but never sappy. Without overdoing the quirk factor or the melodrama, Lee shows a sure feel for family dynamics, and her light touch brings out the best in the ensemble's lovely, understated performances.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    Think of Red Doors as a promise, and hope that Georgia Lee keeps it.
  5. 60
    A film about a family billed as "bizarrely dysfunctional" – is a pleasant enough experience. However, it probably could have used a little more of the bizarre or dysfunctional to spice things up.
  6. Reviewed by: Melissa Levine
    60
    Everything you'd expect from a frosh-indie effort: stilted dialogue, oversimplified relationships, sitcommy goofiness, and cringe-inducing romances. And yet Red Doors is so well-meaning, with such obvious affection for its characters, that it pleases nonetheless.
  7. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    50
    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.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. ChadS.
    Apr 27, 2007
    8
    Although not entirely successful, the attempts at black humor does do the trick of staving off comparisons to Wayne Wang's "The Joy Luck Although not entirely successful, the attempts at black humor does do the trick of staving off comparisons to Wayne Wang's "The Joy Luck Club". This family seems too self-absorbed with their own lives, and as a result, they seem too blase about their father's repeated attempts at suicide. Especially Katie(Kathy Shao-Lin Lee), who's in an embattled game of one-upmanship with her neighbor that involves practical jokes which escalates in danger as a sort of edgy courtship. Despite these flaws, however, "Red Doors" is at times, uncanny in its ability to make us feel good, thanks largely in part to Julie(Elaine Kao), whose relationship with Mia(Mia Riverton), recalls a dyke version of "Notting Hill" with the same good cheer and warmth. In a slight deviation from the story conventions we come to expect in some film about a second generation-Chinese family, when Samantha(Jacqueline Kim) leaves her man, it's for another man of the same race. She's firmly planted in the first world, unlike her father(Tzi Ma), whose plan of attack against his own mental sickness faintly recalls Todd Haynes' "Safe". "Red Doors" is aided immesuarbly by an ending that doesn't wrap everything up in a nice bow; a red bow. As recognized in the Chinese culture, red is a signification of luck, and to a man like Ed, not having a son(a heir to pass down the family name), makes him unlucky and unwilling to use the door where his anxious family awaits him. Expand
  2. MichaelF.
    Dec 19, 2006
    1
    There's nothing in this film I haven't seen a dozen times in other movies.

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