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Better Luck Tomorrow (2002)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  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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Shirley Anderson ...
Hot Dog Planet Customer
Nanette Matoba ...
Housewife
Kenji Matoba ...
Toddler
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Han
Ashley Arai ...
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Danielle Conner ...
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Karen DiTota ...
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Smita Satiani ...
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Kristen Stinson ...
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Jeff DeJohn ...
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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Rated R for violence, drug use, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$3,799,339 (USA) (20 June 2003)
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The film was financed with credit cards and with money raised independently by the filmmakers. The actors deferred their salaries. See more »

Goofs

In the Las Vegas montage scene, while the protagonists are in a casino attempting to pull out their identification cards to prove their ages to a police officer, the badge on the officer's shoulder says California, while Las Vegas is in the state of Nevada. See more »

Quotes

Virgil Hu: Oh dude, did I tell you? I got it.
Ben Manibag: Got what?
Virgil Hu: Remember how I told you I once saw Stephanie Vandergosh in a porn? Well I got it.
Ben Manibag: Shut the fuck up.
Virgil Hu: I'll show you right now fool!
Virgil HuBen Manibag: [Both Laugh]
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Featured in The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards (2004) See more »

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Packet Storm
Written by Scott Ricks
Produced by Scott Tropik
Published by Ketone Music (c) 2001
Courtesy of the Artist
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yet another mediocre movie
12 April 2003 | by (san francisco) – See all my reviews

I've been waiting for it to be released, and it was disappointing. The film has no ending, it established no clear motives for characters' behavior and the gruesome violence is completely out of sync with the rest of the movie. If the makers intended to go for Godard's existentialism or for Tarantino's explicit content they failed on both accounts. Could be slightly improved visually by re-edit, but otherwise is bland. 10 seconds of good acting don't make the 2-hour film. I was quite bored halfway into the movie. Don't waste your money, it'll be on IFC some day.


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