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      Dim Sum Funeral

      R 2008 1h 35m Comedy Drama List
      0% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 36% Audience Score 250+ Ratings In the wake of her death, the embittered children of Chinese-American matriarch Mrs. Xiao (Lisa Lu) begrudgingly return to their childhood home for a bristly -- and brief, they hope -- reunion. But after Xiao's maid and sole confidant, Viola (Talia Shire), reveals her wish to undergo a week-long Buddhist funeral rite, the younger Xiaos -- including plastic surgeon Alexander (Russell Wong) and lesbian actress Meimei (Steph Song) -- have seven days to come to terms with her death, and each other. Read More Read Less

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      Justin Chang Variety So jaw-droppingly misguided in its blend of mawkish sentiment and comic relief that it almost elicits one's grudging admiration. Jun 11, 2009 Full Review Don Willmott Filmcritic.com There were plenty of opportunities for originality here, but other than toying with a layer of Asian exoticism, writer Donald Martin doesn't stray far from convention Rated: 2/5 Jul 30, 2009 Full Review Fr. Chris Carpenter Movie Dearest Too simplistic to be believable. Rated: C- Jun 15, 2009 Full Review Pete Hammond Boxoffice Magazine Overly melodramatic and soap operatic. Very familiar episodic look at a comtemporary Chinese/American family and the gaps that divide them. Rated: 2/5 Jun 12, 2009 Full Review Ernest Hardy L.A. Weekly Director Anna Chi's Chinese-American family drama, from a screenplay by Donald Martin, is ambitious in scope and banal in execution. Jun 11, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Michael G Overall, I enjoyed this movie quite a bit. With less bickering, I'd give it 5 stars. But I found the characters interesting and was fond of the Tai Chi scenes. I wasn't surprised by the twist but was satisfied by the way it played out. It's a nice drama with some funny moments and dialog. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/17/24 Full Review David M While the acting did seem forced at times, the cast did a fine job of pulling the entire script together. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 07/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Dim Sum Funeral is a flawed, but very underrated dramedy about a family that is brought together after the death of their mother who demands a traditional Chinese funeral. While the drama and comedy aspects sometimes clash with one another, giving the film a bipolar and uneven tone sometimes, for the most part, it's a solid film about the troubled lives of each family member and how they are drawn back together through tragedy. It's not as polished as the likes of say, The Joy Luck Club, but Dim Sum Funeral is a very underrated film that is much better than its reputation would suggest. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member The whole time I kept thinking, "No wonder the US doesn't want to hire Chinese actors." Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Super-simplistic and badly acted. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member It's a bad sign when you find yourself paying more attention to the interesting Chinese furniture in every room. Who is the furniture's agent? I think this movie was the furniture's big break. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In the wake of her death, the embittered children of Chinese-American matriarch Mrs. Xiao (Lisa Lu) begrudgingly return to their childhood home for a bristly -- and brief, they hope -- reunion. But after Xiao's maid and sole confidant, Viola (Talia Shire), reveals her wish to undergo a week-long Buddhist funeral rite, the younger Xiaos -- including plastic surgeon Alexander (Russell Wong) and lesbian actress Meimei (Steph Song) -- have seven days to come to terms with her death, and each other.
      Director
      Anna Chi
      Screenwriter
      Donald Martin
      Production Co
      Reel One Entertainment
      Rating
      R (Brief Drug Use|Sexuality)
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 2, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 35m
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