Starring: Justin H. Min, Sherry Cola, Ally Maki, and Sonoya Mizuno
Director: Randall Park
Shortcomings is an apt title for Randall Park’s self-aware directorial debut. Not because the movie is substandard, it’s perfectly enjoyable; but that he utilizes his characters’ flaws to point out society’s shortcomings when misusing political correctness. Park comically discerns how assholes use “wokeness” to cover up their own pomposity, and setting the film in the hub of activism, Berkeley, CA, is even better. Sometimes you’re the problem, and Justin H. Min plays that sort of self-sabotaging, pretentious dick very well, hilariously playing off entertaining up-and-comer Sherry Cola. Shortcomings is an inoffensive 90-minute self-examination of today’s world and, ultimately, a pretty nice watch.
Randall Park’s directorial debut, Shortcomings, is uneventful, but overall, pretty enjoyable. At the center of the film is Justin H. Min’s lead performance that I sure hope opens the door to more starring roles because he is great here. As for the film, it’s a funny and endearing movie that, at worst, attempts to make a statement about cultural perception and modern relationships in a way that never clashes with each other. However, the movie never strikes a nerve in the way that Park and writer Adrian Tomine intended. Nonetheless, it’s an entertaining and interesting movie that’s easy to recommend to most people.