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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jason Tobin ...
Shirley Anderson ...
Hot Dog Planet Customer
Nanette Matoba ...
Housewife
Kenji Matoba ...
Toddler
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Han
Ashley Arai ...
Cheerleader
Danielle Conner ...
Cheerleader
Karen DiTota ...
Cheerleader
Smita Satiani ...
Cheerleader
Kristen Stinson ...
Cheerleader
Jeff DeJohn ...
Ryan
Robert Zepeda ...
Jock
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Jock
Christopher J. Francis ...
Jock
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Storyline

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 »

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Crime | Drama

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

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12 January 2002 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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

Orange and blue seem to be the school colors of the school where this was shot, as can be seen when Ben is making free throws. The sports and cheerleading uniforms, however, are yellow and green. See more »

Quotes

Han: [to Ben] People like you and me, we don't have to play by the rules, we can make our own.
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Featured in The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards (2004) See more »

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Eskimo on Fire
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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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