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Better Luck Tomorrow (2002)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  25 April 2003 (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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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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Never underestimate an overachiever. See more »


Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, drug use, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 April 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Завтра повезет больше  »

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Box Office


$250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$3,799,339 (USA) (20 June 2003)

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| (2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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On the Employees of the Month board of the fast food restaurant where Ben works, Justin Lin is listed as employee of the month February. See more »


Early in the film when Virgil is standing in the strip mall parking lot, a wide shot shows two blank store signs in the background. In the close-up, he has shifted down the parking lot slightly, and is now standing further to the right of the signs. This can be confirmed by looking at the addresses below each sign, which have changed. See more »


Steve Choe: You like Steph.
Ben Manibag: What?
Steve Choe: You want to take her to the winter formal?
Ben Manibag: Isn't that your job?
Steve Choe: I don't get into all that bullshit.
Ben Manibag: Why? You a fag or something?
Steve Choe: What do you think?
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Currently A Messy Film
13 April 2003 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I'll be brief so that I don't waste my time any more than I already have when I went to see this film last night. As an Asian American male and also a film student, I was hoping for something that lived up to all the wonderful hype that surrounds it. This did not. Expect a lot of tricky camerawork that is, in the end, absolutely useless and did nothing to add to the story. A lot of obvious attempts to make the movie appear flashy because the story itself doesn't hold up. Also expect "cool music" that sounds like watered down imitations of the Fight Club soundtrack. This is not groundbreaking, insightful, or even enjoyable. I sat down at the theater already biased For the movie. Walked out with a bad taste in my mouth. Sorry!

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