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Saving Face

A Lightweight Romantic Comedy

After a four year hiatus, Joan Chen returns to the big screen in Saving Face, a lightweight romantic comedy that explores the relationship between a traditional Chinese mother and her Americanized daughter.

Desperate to find a husband for her daughter Wil (Michelle Krusiec) in order to maintain status within her clique of gossipy, Chinese wives, Chen continually drags her daughter -- a closet lesbian -- to community dances. However, when Chen shows up on her daughter's doorstep with a secret of her own, she finds the roles reversed, and she becomes the one bringing shame to her family.

The film generally glosses over issues that deserve a more thorough treatment, but Chen's onscreen charisma and Krusiec's convincing take as the uncomfortable, slightly neurotic daughter allow us to forgive the tidy, saccharine conclusion.