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  • “Falling for Grace” playing in New York City
    by Felice | March 30th, 2010 |
    Grace DVD Cover

    Check this out: A Broadway actress co-writes a romantic comedy. She directs it and stars in it alongside Gale Harold, Margaret Cho, Christine Baranski, and Lewis Black. Even Bobby Flay makes an appearance. The movie turns out to be charming. It hits all the right notes – pretending to be someone else, crashing into a very eligible bachelor, a fabulous best friend, quirky and heartwarming parents, not to mention great clothes – and at the same time, brings several fresh and insightful scenes to the romantic comedy genre. Whoopi Goldberg loves the film. So does the head of Universal Studios, who repeatedly phone calls our actress to tell her so.

    But no movie studio, no TV channel, and barely any theaters will pick up this film.

    Why on earth?

    The movie is called Falling for Grace, and the actress is Fay Ann Lee, a Chinese-American. Every market (including Universal Studios) has told her the same thing: “We can’t sell this as a romantic comedy because the main character is Asian. You have to go sell it as an Asian-American film. Good luck.”

    If you’re in New York, you can see this movie at 239 E. 59th Street (at 2nd Avenue) through Thursday, April 1st, at 2:30, 4:30, 7:00, and 9:30. I’ve seen it. It’s great. Fay Ann is likeable, real, and sexy. She and Gale have adorable chemistry. The side characters are all very funny, and acted with great sincerity. You will laugh. You’ll be charmed. And you’ll be taking a step on the road toward the day that mixing genres in film is a plus, not a death knell.

    Falling for Grace

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    4 Responses to ““Falling for Grace” playing in New York City”

    1. C. Wills Says:

      White guy, asian girl…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    2. Aliette de Bodard » Blog Archive » OK, so this was going to be a smart post… Says:

      [...] OK, seen this morning in the news: -The Great Bank Robbery (in French): er, it would seem one of our most prestigious banks, a Paris branch of the Credit Lyonnais, was robbed movie-style by a bunch of thiefs who dug into the vault from one of the neighbouring cellars, tied up the security guard, and calmly proceeded to empty 200 safes–before leaving with their loot, setting fire to the whole building so they couldn’t be traced. The friend who pointed this out to me was reminded of Sherlock Holmes’ “The Red-Headed League”. Not entirely inaccurate… -(via Charles Tan) “Falling from Grace”, a romantic comedy that apparently couldn’t sell in the mainstream–because the main character is Asian, and they’d have had to pigeonhole it under “Asian-American movies”. I have watched the trailer, and cannot for the life of me fathom why the Asian thing would be a problem. It doesn’t even seem like her private life is particularly and spectacularly “Asian” (whatever that would mean) in a way that might possibly disturb the faint of heart–sure, there’s a few specific quirks, but all in all you could imagine the same kind of movie with any colour for the main character, adapting the various sub-episodes. But, because the actress is not White, it becomes a special interest movie. *headdesk* I think Hal Duncan is right when he calls the whole phenomenon “segregation”: it fits the definition pretty much bang to rights (not the “Black/White” issues, but the larger meaning of separation). It seems to me like a side-effect of quotas: you fit people into little boxes (like “please check the appropriate box: which race are you?”), and then you carry this over into, well, pretty much every aspect of daily life: “if you fit into such and such a box, then you’ll like this–we’ll put it into a special section so you can head right over and be among like-minded people”. And the über-box is for people who don’t check any of those boxes, who don’t have quotas, and who become (or rather remain) the mainstream. It’s scary as heck, from where I stand (admittedly not in the US, and in a country where intolerance has a whole different slew of expressions). [...]

    3. Ari Says:

      stuff like this makes my blood boil. Sell it as an Asian American film?! It’s a rom-com. Why aren’t they promoting the Backup Plan as a Latina film than? Since J.Lo is the main character, obviously only Hispanics will care *rolls eyes*

      If I lived in new York I would go see this but sadly I do not. I will keep my eyes peeled for, hoping it comes to Chicago.

    4. Rebecca Knight Says:

      What??? Just… what?

      This kind of thing makes me feel like I’ve accidentally fallen into a time machine, and am in the 1950s. Thank you for posting about this :(. The more we educate ourselves that racism is still rampant in America, the more we can do to fight it.

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