Saving Face In America, when you watch an ethnic soap opera in which old-world parents reject their adult children's dreams of love, it's no secret that a… Saving Face In America, when you watch an ethnic soap opera in which old-world parents reject their adult children's dreams of love, it's no secret that a… 2005-05-27 R PT90M Comedy Drama Joan Chen Michelle Krusiek Jessica Hecht Sony Pictures Classics
Movie Review

Saving Face (2005)

MPAA Rating: R
Saving Face | TIME TO 'FACE' THE MUSIC Prefer your familial guilt prepared with an Asian flair?
Image credit: Lynn Chen: Larry Riley
TIME TO 'FACE' THE MUSIC Prefer your familial guilt prepared with an Asian flair?
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Limited Release: May 27, 2005; Rated: R; Length: 90 Minutes; Genres: Comedy, Drama; With: Joan Chen and Michelle Krusiek; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

In America, when you watch an ethnic soap opera in which old-world parents reject their adult children's dreams of love, it's no secret that a lot of us can feel a twinge of nostalgia for those deeply rooted parental puritans, even though we're aware their view of relationships is all wrong. Saving Face, a pleasant if sketchy Chinese-American family drama, is a study in multigenerational guilt-tripping. Wilhelmina (Michelle Krusiec), a rising young surgeon, prefers women to men, but her mother (Joan Chen) would disown her if she knew. Mom, however, is every bit as scandalous: At 48, she gets pregnant without a husband, and her parents, who are stern survivors of the Cultural Revolution, are aghast. The writer-director, Alice Wu, fudges a lot of the basics — I never believed the heroine was really a physician — but the final, proudly public girl-on-girl smooch still jerks a tear.

Originally posted May 25, 2005 Published in issue #823 Jun 03, 2005 Order article reprints
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