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Better Luck Tomorrow (2002)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  12 January 2002 (USA)
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A group of over-achieving Asian-American high school seniors enjoy a power trip when they dip into extra-curricular criminal activities.

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Hot Dog Planet Customer
Nanette Matoba ...
Housewife
Kenji Matoba ...
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Han
Ashley Arai ...
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Danielle Conner ...
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Karen DiTota ...
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Kristen Stinson ...
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Ryan
Robert Zepeda ...
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Christopher J. Francis ...
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Ben is a perfectionist and overachiever whose tunnel vision leads to nothing less than graduating at the top of his class. As he struggles to achieve social success, he discovers his darker side. He and his friends: Virgil, Daric and Han lead a double life of mischief and petty crimes to alleviate the pressures of perfection. As their adopted identity grows, the gang tumbles into a downward spiral of excitement, excess and fun. Written by Anonymous

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$250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$360,772 (USA) (11 April 2003)

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$3,799,339 (USA) (20 June 2003)
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According to an April 2003 NPR radio interview with Elvis Mitchell, Justin Lin's production company was on the verge of folding unless he could secure a certain amount of funding. Lin had essentially resigned himself to failure; but on a whim called a celebrity he had met once in Las Vegas. Lin got a call the day before the deadline from the celeb saying that he had read the script and wanted to provide some backing. Two hours later, the new investor had wired Lin the money and saved the production. The celebrity: MC Hammer. See more »

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While Ben and Stephanie are studying for biology, Stephanie recaps Mitosis and states the following phases in order: Metaphase, Anaphase, and then Prophase. It should actually be Metaphase, Anaphase, and then Telophase. See more »

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better off not seeing it
11 May 2003 | by (san francisco) – See all my reviews

This movie was just awful. I was worried when i saw that it was an MTV production but i wanted to see what all the hype was about. I could not have cared less about the characters in this movie. I felt a complete lack of empathy or sympathy for them. Of course it is not their fault entirely because the screen play was so poorly written and directed that the characters had nothing to bring them to life. The scenes where they were touching on *the meaning of life* left me laughing out loud it was so pathetic. Then there is the part of the film where ben has been hooked on blow doing so much it that he is bleeding at night from his nasal cavity then with a single statement: "I want out", and his life is back to *normal* and he is no longer doing cocaine. We all laughed heartily at that scene.

overall: D-

nuff said.

gk


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