Movie Review | Yes, We’re Open


Directed by Richard Wong and written by H.P. MendozaYES, WE’RE OPEN is a story about Luke (Parry Shen) and Sylvia (Lynn Chen), who are the very models of modern individuals in a metropolitan relationship. Until they meet, Elena (Sheetal Sheth) and Ronald (Kerry McCrohan), the free spirited polyamorous couple who are hellbent on getting Luke and Sylvia into bed. A fun slice of liberal San Francisco life told as a sex comedy, the but much more sophisticated than a bedroom farce, YES WE’RE OPEN throws our unlikely heroes Luke and Sylvia into a hotbed of sex, jealousy, politics, sexual jealousy, sexual politics, sex and sex. And if they all play their cards right, there might even be some sex somewhere along the way. Yes, We’re Open premiered in San Francisco, CA on March 11, 2012 at the Castro Theatre as the Centerpiece Presentation for the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, which I was fortunate enough to have attended. What did I think of the film? Let’s find out, shall we?

Overall, what did you think?

I really enjoyed the film! Which is surprising to me because I normally get uncomfortable watching movies about sex, all the drama that surrounds sex, and the choices we choose that are sexually charged.

Yes, We’re Open does a really great job touching on the subject of sex, while mixing in some humor to make it all easier to swallow. It also helps that Lynn Chen, Parry Shen, Kerry McCrohan, and Sheetal Sheth were all amazing eye candy, too. *wink

On a scale of 1-5, how would you rate this film?

5 out 5. Great film.

Was the story clear?

Definitely. With direction from Richard Wong, the writing of H.P. Mendoza, and of course the actors – Yes, We’re Open‘s story was engaging and was really fun to follow. In fact, I really didn’t want it to end. Especially, where it did. Left us talking well after the film.

Did you identify with any of the characters?

Yes. I identified with Luke, although his modern way of thinking on sexual relationships differ from mine.

Did it remind you of any other film?

Not really. This was a refreshing story none like any I’ve seen before.

Who would you recommend this film to?

A must-see for couples (straight, gay, happy, everyone) that’s for sure. And if you love sex, drama, the Bay Area(!), sex, fans of Asian American cinema, sex, San Francisco, and even more sex – then I recommend you watch this film.

Would you buy this movie on DVD?

If buying this film on DVD meant that I got to spend more time with the cast, then yes. YEs. YES! Most definitely. I love you. You’ll have to watch the film to figure that one out.

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