Under One Roof

Young San Franciscan Daniel Chang, living at home with his clueless, traditional mother. Desperate for a grandchild, she’s eager to see him married and spends much of her time planning introductions to suitable Chinese girls for Daniel. But when she recruits a new lodger for the downstairs flat, Daniel finds himself falling for Robert, the hot Southern boy who’s moved to the big city. Well, Robert’s not a suitable Chinese girl – but is he gay? And does he feel the same way about Daniel? Daniel soon gets his chance to find out when the basement floods and his mother insists Daniel share his bedroom with Robert while the plumbers fix the mess downstairs.

under-one-roof-1-1Daniel Chang is a twenty-something second-generation Chinese-American living at home in San Francisco with his widowed mother, who can speak broken English, and his grandmother, who cannot speak English. Ever since his father died, he has fulfilled his patriarchal duty as first and only son by managing the family business and looking after his mother.

Being gay, he avoids the second major responsibility of carrying on the family line through heterosexual marriage and reproduction. Out of respect for his mother’s values, he tries to keep, as he puts it, his home life and his “homo life” separate. By not directly telling his mother that he is gay, he has unwittingly found himself in a tense but hilarious situation where his mother continually pressures him to marry women of her choosing. Luckily, Daniel’s female friend, Michelle, graciously rescues him from the constant onslaught of potential dates by pretending to be his steady girlfriend (for a price), which deflects his need to come out to his mother.

The young, gay man is forced out of the closet when his mother rents out a room in their house to a hunky border in this romantic comedy. Still living with his conservative, traditional mother and grandmother in their San Francisco home, first-generation Asian-American Daniel is aware of his sexuality but unable to act upon his desires. Enter Robert, an openly queer Midwesterner seeking a place to live in the city. Once under the same roof, Robert and Daniel begin a clandestine affair, one that forces the latter to put his own happiness ahead of his family’s expectations.

(Source: imdb.com; rottentomatoes.com)

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Original Title: Under One Roof


Language:  English

Country:  USA

Category:  Comedy

Director: Todd Wilson, Robin Feinberg

Stars: Jay Wong, James Marks, Sandra Lee

Run time:  76 min

Release:  2002

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