Anna Akana – whom I adore from her “I Have Six Cats” vid – stars in this sweet and quirky fish-out-of-water story of a trust fund gal who has to go to work for her dad or get cut off permanently. Based on the real life of writer/director Emily Ting, China was the bittersweet feel good story I really needed right now.
As the story unfolds, we see a number of members in her oft-grafted family tree, but these characters get meaningful subplots that flesh out their backstories. And while the film starts out as a riff on spindthrifts, it gets serious about family dynamics and corporate life, giving this story depth.
Come for the “poor little rich girl” comedy, stay for the honest, open-hearted look at China and its people.
Available for rent/purchase on Vudu, Fandango Now, Prime, and AppleTV.