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Brian Tee

Review: 'Wedding Palace' finds love in scatological humor

Review: 'Wedding Palace' finds love in scatological humor

Romance and humor are famous homebodies; they never travel as much as they should.

Shot mainly in Los Angeles' Koreatown, the genre elements of the romantic comedy "Wedding Palace" attempt a transpacific transit, but get lost in translation. Director Christine Yoo's ambitious debut speaks to Korean American courtship and familial relations while satirizing them, and the result is as inventive — stuffed with animated sequences, a music video and a fake commercial — as it is tonally muddled.

The film begins with a common Korean ceremony: on protagonist Jason's (Brian Tee) hundredth-day celebration, his extended family looks expectantly while he chooses an...