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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... 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
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Rick
Ernie Zarate ...
Tito Lenny
Gina Alajar ...
Gina Mercado
Emelita Moll ...
Tita Connie
Gina Honda ...
Tita Florie
Tirso Cruz III ...
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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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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13 August 2003 (Philippines)  »

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The Mercado Family Debut  »

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

Gross:

$1,743,570 (USA) (8 November 2002)
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Considered in the Philippines as the very first feature-length film to extensively show the Filipino-American experience. See more »

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Could have been a lot more than it was
26 December 2014 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

I get it, it's the first movie starring primarily young American- Filipinos and that was a big deal to a lot of people because they and Asian groups in general have a very limited place (if any) in the entertainment business.

But that doesn't mean the movie is automatically good because it brings up a culture seldom seen in American movies.

A lot of times the movie becomes way to focused on showcasing the culture that it forgets about telling a good story.

Long scenes of people singing, folk dancing etc might be nice to see for some but just doesn't move the movie forward. And it doesn't help that Dante Basco's 2 white friends in the movie act like they just witnessed the birth of Christ after seeing the performances.

The 2 white friends serves no real purpose in the movie except for I guess portraying what the white public watching the movie is SUPPOSED to feel, but at least as with the case with me this was not the case.

When it does focus on the story though and the Basco brothers it's fairly good but yeah too often it slips into something that more resembles a promotion video for Philipino culture and various artists.

There's also a dance-battle which I usually enjoy but it's so overly choreographed it's ridiculous to think that they are suppose to make it up on spot.

Anyways, like I said if it wasn't for all that it would be a fairly good movie, now it's just okay with occasional moments of greatness but also occasional moments of annoyance.


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