Ethan Mao | Chicago Reader

Ethan Mao

“Soppy” doesn't begin to describe this 2004 drama by Quentin Lee. As the title character, a queer teenager disowned by his Chinese-American family, Jun Hee Lee appears in almost every scene, but he's not convincing as an anguished son wronged by his authoritarian dad (Raymond Ma) or as a drug-addled hustler. Jerry Hernandez has more screen presence as the trick-turning dope dealer who befriends Ethan, but he and the rest of the cast can't overcome the awkward temporal switches, the dream sequences, or a third act that misfires hysterically, right down to its lame Butch and Sundance homage. 87 min.

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