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‘Shortcomings’ Review: Randall Park Helms A Perceptive Comedy About Millennial Slackers [Sundance]

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“Shortcomings” begins with a magic trick of a scene: we see an emotional Asian American audience applaud when the end-credits of a film (modeled clearly on “Crazy Rich Asians”) start rolling at an Asian American film festival.

Outside the screening, more Asian Americans celebrate the significance of the moment — an Asian American-led romantic comedy becoming a blockbuster hit.

Ben (Justin H. Min), a struggling filmmaker and a born contrarian, seems appalled by the fuss around what he claims is a “garish mainstream rom-com that glorifies a capitalistic fantasy.” His girlfriend Miko (Ally Maki), who works for the festival, doesn’t agree, arguing that the film is a “game-changer,” because its success will open the floodgates for more “cool or artsy or whatever” Asian American films to be greenlit in Hollywood.

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