Why Am I Doing This? | Chicago Reader

Why Am I Doing This?

This stale, lumpy indie stars writer-director Tom Huang as a putatively gifted young actor whose ambitions are frustrated by the stereotyped roles available to Asian-Americans in Hollywood; Anthony Montgomery is his African-American flatmate, an allegedly hilarious stand-up comic facing similar racial barriers. Everything here is way past its expiration date: the comedy stylings are left over from Ally McBeal, the “me-so-solly” stereotyping Huang faces at TV auditions exceeds anything seen on the small screen in decades, and the leaden exploration of racial politics would have seemed passe in the Reagan era. Meandering romantic subplots and family melodrama bloat the running time to 122 minutes; the acting is uniformly, aggressively terrible.


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