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      Catfish in Black Bean Sauce

      PG-13 Released Jun 9, 2000 1 hr. 59 min. Comedy Drama List
      47% 15 Reviews Tomatometer 64% 500+ Ratings Audience Score An offbeat dramatic comedy about an African American couple who adopt two orphans, a brother and sister from a Vietnamese refugee camp. After twenty-two years, Mal, the sister locates their birth mother, who was separated from her children during the war, and brings her to America, while Dwayne, the brother has conflicting feelings concerning the new arrival. The reunion triggers a series of events, which brings deeply submerged resentments and misconceptions to the surface. Read More Read Less

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      Georgan G I wanted to like this movie, but it never got off the ground. The comedy was pretty lame and the drama was childish. Didn't understand how everyone ended up happy in the end. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 08/13/23 Full Review Audience Member I really enjoyed this movie. I like the topic that it broaches, the tension between American Black and Asian culture, and I like the way it approaches that topic, a black couple from "da hood" adopts and does a fine job of raising 2 Asian children. I think this is a very worthwhile film that fell under the radar of too many. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member Me and my Nieces and nephews use to love to watch this movie, it brings back a lot of great memories. I'm a big fan of Sanaa Lathan ! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member A lovely, funny movie, enjoy! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member There is some good material here, and the tension between cultures analyzed here is one that is intriguing in that it often goes unconsidered. But, the script here is beyond unpolished. There are 50,000 subplots in the film, the vast majority of which are either unnecessary or unresolved at the conclusion. The lead romantic story is nothing but very awkward exchanges between actors that don't seem to click. Very jumbled. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member I love this movie.. i love how the cultures come together it showed me something hollywood never discusses in a good way asians and black and white people relations and living together positively Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle Rated: 2/5 Feb 7, 2001 Full Review Elvis Mitchell New York Times Rated: 2.5/5 Feb 7, 2001 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times Here's a first draft for a movie that could have been extraordinary. The story materials are rich and promising, but the film is a study in clumsy construction, dead-end scenes, murky motivation and unneeded complications. Rated: 1.5/4 Feb 7, 2001 Full Review David Noh Film Journal International Initially creates a delightfully diverse world in which no one is really as they seem to appear. Jan 5, 2007 Full Review MaryAnn Johanson Flick Filosopher By turns whimsical and moving, Catfish touches on deeply emotional issues with refreshing and startling honesty... Dec 30, 2006 Full Review Film Threat Rated: 3/5 Dec 6, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis An offbeat dramatic comedy about an African American couple who adopt two orphans, a brother and sister from a Vietnamese refugee camp. After twenty-two years, Mal, the sister locates their birth mother, who was separated from her children during the war, and brings her to America, while Dwayne, the brother has conflicting feelings concerning the new arrival. The reunion triggers a series of events, which brings deeply submerged resentments and misconceptions to the surface.
      Director
      Chi Muoi Lo
      Screenwriter
      Chi Muoi Lo
      Distributor
      Phaedra Cinema
      Production Co
      Black Hawk Entertainment
      Rating
      PG-13 (Brief Strong Language|Sexual Content)
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 9, 2000, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 25, 2018
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $1.3M
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.85:1)
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