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Sundance Review: Randall Park’s Heartwarming ‘Shortcomings’

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For anyone wondering how a film called Crazy Rich Asians ever came to be the poster child for diversity and inclusion, Randall Park’s humorous rebuttal is, almost literally, that film’s poor distant relation.

Adapted from a comic book rather than a novel and with a cast of character actors rather than stars, Shortcomings even seems to admit its modest production values in the title.

But for adventurous audiences, this rough-edged indie is a refreshing antidote to the horrors of the factory-farmed studio romcom, featuring a caustic male thirtysomething Asian-American lead whose messy love life should ring bells right across the age, gender and culture divide.

Shortcomings even starts with a bold sideswipe at Jon M. Chu’s surprise blockbuster. After a screening of a film that ends, Pretty Woman-style, with an obscenely rich Asian man buying a hotel just to impress his new wife, we meet Ben Tanaka (Justin H.

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