Blue Bayou

Director: Justin Chon
Year Released: 2021
Rating: 1.0

Korean-American tattoo artist Antonio (Chon), whose wife Kathy (Alicia Vikander) is pregnant, is struggling to get enough cash to support his family, and then gets into a scuffle with the New Orleans Police Department and is threatened with the prospect of being deported by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, forcing him to go back to a life of crime (stealing motorcycles) to pay for his legal fees.  Chon appears to have found a very timely subject but it's also been run thought the Sundance Factory of terrible screenwriting: the dialogue is awful, and there's never a shortage of angry white cops to show up and start trouble (he even gets beaten up on the very day his hearing is supposed to come up) ... and the final scene at the airport is just a teensy bit overwrought.  To me, if you've been here over thirty years you're one of ours, no questions asked, but apparently the government thinks otherwise; in true 21st century fashion, there are people who have tried boycotting this project ... because complaining about things is a part of the New Normal.