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Disjointed Family Affairs

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Release Date: June 09, 2000

Starring: Paul Winfield, Mary Alice, Chi Moui Lo, Lauren Tom, Sanaa Lathan, & Wing Chen

Genre: Drama

Audience: Older teenagers & adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 121 minutes

Distributor: Iron Hill Pictures

Director: Chi Moui Lo

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Producer: Chi Moui Lo

Writer: Chi Moui Lo

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Content:

(B, Pa, Ho, LLL, V, N, A, M) Mild moral view with pagan elements & man dates man who dresses as a woman but he denies he’s homosexual; 35 obscenities & 15 profanities, plus man passes gas; women argue & fight, which causes brief melee; no sex implied or depicted, but man dates man who dresses as a woman but he denies he’s homosexual; upper male nudity in natural context & men in underwear in natural context; alcohol use; no smoking; and, racial divisions separate people & Asian birth mother tries to separate her children from the African-American society in which they were raised, but later repents.

Summary:

In CATFISH IN BLACK BEAN SAUCE, the Vietnamese birth mother of a brother and sister adopted by African-American parents, wrecks havoc with their lives when she reunites with her children. Although this uneven, disjointed movie celebrates close family ties, it includes some strong foul language and a minor subplot involving a male roommate dating a cross-dressing man.

Review:

In CATFISH IN BLACK BEAN SAUCE, a minor independent feature, an African-American couple adopts a Vietnamese brother and sister. The sister, played by Lauren Tom, never really accepts the woman as her mother. Twenty years later, she’s still searching for her birth mother, whom she finally finds. Meanwhile, the brother, played by writer/director Chi Muoi Lo, has embraced his new culture and found a tentative interracial romance. When the birth mother arrives in America, she immediately undertakes to separate her son from the African-American culture in which he and his sister were raised.

Graced with satirical fantasy sequences that don’t quite work, this movie portrays unique situations that play rather disjointedly. The brother’s heart doesn’t really seem to be in his romance, for instance, even though he asks the woman to marry him. He later explains that he often feels taken aback by his girlfriend’s independence, an explanation that comes too little too late. CATFISH also contains some strong foul language. Also, although the movie celebrates close family ties, the son’s male roommate dates another man dressed as a woman, though the roommate denies he’s homosexual. This is played for laughs, however, which shows just how ridiculous the homosexual lifestyle has become in this politically correct age.

In Brief:

In CATFISH IN BLACK BEAN SAUCE, a minor independent feature, an African-American couple adopts a Vietnamese brother and sister. The sister, played by Lauren Tom, never really accepts the woman as her mother. Twenty years later, she’s still searching for her birth mother, whom she finally finds. Meanwhile, the brother has embraced his new culture and found a tentative interracial romance. When the birth mother arrives in America, she immediately tries to separate her son from the African-American culture in which he and his sister were raised.

Graced with satirical fantasy sequences that don’t quite work, this movie portrays unique situations that play rather disjointedly. The brother’s heart doesn’t really seem to be in his romance, for instance, even though he asks the woman to marry him. He later explains that he often feels taken aback by his girlfriend’s independence, an explanation that comes too late. CATFISH also contains some strong foul language. Also, although the movie celebrates close family ties, the son’s male roommate dates another man dressed as a woman, though the roommate denies he’s homosexual. This is played for laughs, however, which shows just how ridiculous the homosexual lifestyle has become