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Release Date: May 02, 2003

Starring: Michael Idemoto, Jacqueline Kim, Eugenia Yuan, and Matt Westmore

Genre: Drama

Audience: Adults REVIEWER: Dr. Tom
Snyder CHARLOTTE SOMETIMES is
a cryptic, low-key drama about
four young Asian Americans in
Los Angeles. It is a
slow-moving tale of emotional
longing that doesn’t really
involve viewers in a coherent,
dramatic story. The plot
focuses on Michael, a shy
Asian American who has taken
over the family car repair
shop with his aunt. Michael
rents out space in his duplex
to a beautiful Asian girl,
Lori, and her half-Asian
boyfriend, Justin. Michael is
secretly in lust with Lori,
who often visits Michael for
companionship. Lori and
Justin’s nightly, noisy
love-making drives Michael to
the local singles nightclub.
One night, Michael meets the
mysterious Darcy, who claims
to be just visiting Los
Angeles, apparently from
Canada. Darcy insinuates
herself into the triangle
between Michael, Lori and
Justin. Midway through the
movie, Lori privately
confronts Darcy, who turns out
to be Lori’s quirky,
troubled sister,
Charlotte. CHARLOTTE SOMETIMES
mistakes cryptic storytelling
and repressed dialogue for
psychologically complex,
realistic cinema, but it fails
to be truly compelling, except
for humanist elites fascinated
by politically correct notions
of ethnicity. Although the
characters seem realistic
enough, the director overplays
his hand by increasing the
boredom of their lives to
ridiculous levels. Lori, in
fact, seems to be the only
character capable of
smiling. CHARLOTTE SOMETIMES
has little to offer morally
discerning viewers or
Christians. As the story ends,
it finally becomes clear that
Michael and Lori are the
better couple because they
share a deeper friendship.
Before that conclusion,
however, the audience has to
wade through some silly sexual
couplings and the tensions
between Darcy/Charlotte and
her sister Lori, who wants to
keep Charlotte away from both
Justin and Michael. Please
address your comments
to: Visionbox Media Group 3272
Motor Savenue Second Floor Los
Angeles, CA 90034 Phone: (310)
204-4686 Fax: (310)
204-4603 Websites:
www.visionboxmedia.com and
www.visionboxpictures.com Email:
[email protected]

Rating: Not Rated

Runtime: 88 minutes

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Content:

(HH, L, SSS, NN, A, D, M) Humanist worldview; seven obscenities, including a few “f” words; no violence; scenes of depicted and implied fornication, graphic sounds of fornication; brief upper female nudity and partial male nudity; alcohol use; smoking; and, lying and snooping.

GENRE: Drama

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Summary:

CHARLOTTE SOMETIMES is a cryptic, low-key drama about four young Asian Americans in Los Angeles (two men and two women) involved in an emotional quadrangle. CHARLOTTE SOMETIMES has a meandering script and little to offer morally discerning viewers or committed Christians.

Review:

CHARLOTTE SOMETIMES is a cryptic, low-key drama about four young Asian Americans in Los Angeles. It is a slow-moving tale of emotional longing that doesn’t really involve viewers in a coherent, dramatic story.

The plot focuses on Michael, a shy Asian American who has taken over the family car repair shop with his aunt. Michael rents out space in his duplex to a beautiful Asian girl, Lori, and her half-Asian boyfriend, Justin. Michael is secretly in lust with Lori, who often visits Michael for companionship. Lori and Justin’s nightly, noisy love-making drives Michael to the local singles nightclub. One night, Michael meets the mysterious Darcy, who claims to be just visiting Los Angeles, apparently from Canada. Darcy insinuates herself into the triangle between Michael, Lori and Justin. Midway through the movie, Lori privately confronts Darcy, who turns out to be Lori’s quirky, troubled sister, Charlotte.

CHARLOTTE SOMETIMES mistakes cryptic storytelling and repressed dialogue for psychologically complex, realistic cinema, but it fails to be truly compelling, except for humanist elites fascinated by politically correct notions of ethnicity. Although the characters seem realistic enough, the director overplays his hand by increasing the boredom of their lives to ridiculous levels. Lori, in fact, seems to be the only character capable of smiling.

CHARLOTTE SOMETIMES has little to offer morally discerning viewers or Christians. As the story ends, it finally becomes clear that Michael and Lori are the better couple because they share a deeper friendship. Before that conclusion, however, the audience has to wade through some silly sexual couplings and the tensions between Darcy/Charlotte and her sister Lori, who wants to keep Charlotte away from both Justin and Michael.

Please address your comments to:

Visionbox Media Group

3272 Motor Savenue

Second Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90034

Phone: (310) 204-4686

Fax: (310) 204-4603

Websites: www.visionboxmedia.com and www.visionboxpictures.com

Email: [email protected]

SUMMARY: CHARLOTTE SOMETIMES is a cryptic, low-key drama about four young Asian Americans in Los Angeles (two men and two women) involved in an emotional quadrangle. CHARLOTTE SOMETIMES has a meandering script and little to offer morally discerning viewers or committed Christians.

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