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Chu & Blossom
updated: Feb 03, 2014, 10:55 AM

By the Dedicated Staff of edhat.com

Directed by Charles Chu and Gavin Kelly
Written by Charles Chu and Ryan O'Nan
104 minutes
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A coming of age comedy centers on an unlikely brotherhood between a pensive, awkwardly tall Korean foreign exchange student and a militant performance artist, both trapped together in a small Southern town.

The film opens with Joon, the Korean exchange student, arriving in a small American town. The directors focused on the rude stares and awkward encounters by the Americans in this small town, but did so in a comedic way. He obviously stood out and the unwelcoming townspeople were not shy with their discomfort. From the beginning scenes we start to sympathize with Joon and feel for his uncomfortable situation. Joon arrives at his host family's house which is nothing short of dreadful. They are ignorant, slightly racist, and only interested in the money Joon's family is sending for his stay. Quickly we learn that Joon is in America to attend school because it looks good on his academic record for a prestigious Korean school and his parents are essentially forcing him to do so. Later Joon meets an eccentric performance artist named Butch Blossom. The two form a bond and learn from each other's differences while getting into all types of shenanigans.

The main character, Joon, was played by the co-director and co-writer, Charles Chu. Butch Blossom was played by the co-writer, Ryan O'Nan. Alan Cummings, from the television drama The Good Wife, had a short roll as Butch Blossom's wise gay uncle who offered sage advice to Joon. Overall the film was well acted and directed. It felt like the plot slowed a little in the middle, but it was quickly pulled together and tied up any loose ends at the close of the film. The comedic dialogue and shots were on-point and the viewer grew to love Joon and cheer for his success. For an eccentric yet light-hearted comedy, check this film out. -LB

 

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