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The Debut (2000)

The story revolves around Ben Mercado, a talented high school senior who has rejected his Filipino heritage. The long-simmering feud between Ben and his immigrant father Roland threatens to... See full summary »

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Ben Mercado (as Danté Basco)
Jayson Schaal ...
Doug
Brian Card ...
Dave
Mindy Spence ...
Jennifer
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Susie
Brandon Martinez ...
Rick
Ernie Zarate ...
Tito Lenny
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Gina Mercado
Emelita Moll ...
Tita Connie
Gina Honda ...
Tita Florie
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Roland Mercado
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Rose Mercado
Rawlins Apilado ...
Jun
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Edwin Mercado
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Annabelle Manalo
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The story revolves around Ben Mercado, a talented high school senior who has rejected his Filipino heritage. The long-simmering feud between Ben and his immigrant father Roland threatens to boil over and ruin the 18th birthday party of Ben's sister Rose. But to Ben's surprise, his sister's celebration challenges his sense of misplaced identity, and the way he regards his father and grandfather. In one night, Ben faces the true nature of his relationships with his family, his friends, and himself. Written by Anonymous

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One night can change a lifetime.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

13 August 2003 (Philippines)  »

Also Known As:

The Mercado Family Debut  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$12,784 (USA) (15 March 2002)

Gross:

$1,743,570 (USA) (8 November 2002)
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The close-up hands, at the end of the film, browsing through Ben's portfolio belong to writer John Manal Castro. See more »

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Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

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Filipinos On Film
28 September 2003 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

I must say I did enjoy this movie. Not so much that it had Filipinos such as myself in it , but more because it was about Filipino youth growing up here in the USA dealing with their own ideas vs their parents. Why the medical field all the time?

Yes, it did generalize the different types of Filipinos that I come across but the story was deep enough to for even my parents to enjoy. Being born and raised in a normal west suburb of Chicago I did sense the conflict that Ben, the lead, had in this movie. However, I never found it to be a stuggle in life due to my heritage. Also, this movie will give my relatives in the Philippines a view of my world that they never really see.

No, this movie is not Oscar calibur but I give it a thumbs up for effort and conviction...


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