With his best-selling autobiography “Fresh off the Boat
,” chef and restaurateur Eddie Huang
eloquently explained the othering of Asian Americans. He’s also a hip-hop and basketball fan. His feature directorial debut “Boogie
” concerns a talented Tawianese American high school basketball player, the Queens native Alfred “Boogie” Chin (Taylor Takahashi
), and his bid to earn a college scholarship. The road, of course, isn’t easy. The family’s bills pile up. His temperamental father (Perry Yung
) is now on parole. His mother (Pamelyn Chee
), who mercilessly berates her husband, is verbally and physically abusive.
If Huang focused on the trio’s fraught dynamic, this coming-of-age story would elevate to the basket. Huang’s first feature, however, for an aimless, senseless, undramatic sports flick.
Boogie is an incredibly unlikable character. Muscle-bound, swaggering, and a hip-hop baby — he first locks eyes with a headstrong Eleanor (Taylour Paige
) — he’s not exactly the