There's some lovely effort put into this that shows a strong desire to make something honest, and it features solid performances, especially from Tiffany Chu.
There's also an authentic sense of Los Angeles. What could be more LA than a young Korean American woman from K-Town going to a quinceañera? There is much for a Los Angeleno to recognize and take joy in, particularly its view of our city as a place and a culture made up of outsiders looking to adapt.
But it also feels emotionally manipulative and overworked. Weighted, piled on even, and still not quite textured and complex enough to achieve something truly substantive.
There are big swings that are meant to impact the audience, but that…