Take Out Girl poses the question: how far would you go to help your family? The latest film from Hisonni Johnson follows a female Asian twenty-something who resorts to desperate measures in an attempt to provide a better life for her family. The film has received some criticism based on a misconception, and the writers are setting the record straight.
In Take Out Girl, Tera (Hedy Wong) and her brother help their mother run a Chinese restaurant. They barely make enough to keep the doors open and then their mom suffers an injury which causes Tera to look for other options. She takes a job with the local drug kingpin moving his product in takeout food boxes. This has caused some to think the filmmakers are promoting or glamorizing the drug game, but here is what co-writer and Hedy Wong told CinemaBlend:
I won’t spoil the ending here, but as Hedy mentions above, Tera’s choices in the film have negative consequences. It was important to the filmmakers to be true to their own experiences by showcasing specific characters and communities that represent real life. Co-writer and director Hisonni Johnson expanded upon this with the following:
As Hisonni Johnson says, Take Out Girl really explores the gray area of criminality, which is one of the most interesting aspects of the film. All of the characters have universally relatable qualities so audiences will be able to put themselves in the story and wonder what they would do. Beyond that, the characters’ motives are clearly laid out, so even when disagreeing with their actions it’s easy to understand and feel sympathy.
Take Out Girl is now available on VOD and Digital. If crime movies are your thing, check out these crime stories on Netflix. For more diversity and representation, try these Asian American movies or these Black stories on Disney+.
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