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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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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 ...
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Kristen Stinson ...
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Jeff DeJohn ...
Ryan
Robert Zepeda ...
Jock
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Jock
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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Never underestimate an overachiever. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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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

Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$3,799,339 (USA) (20 June 2003)
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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 »

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When Steve is in the batting cage it is bright daylight. In all the reverse shots it is much darker. See more »

Quotes

Ben Manibag: Virgil called Han over to watch some new porn, I guess Virgil just didn't have the balls to do it all alone.
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Referenced in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004) See more »

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Eat with Your Eyes
Written and Performed by Semiautomatic
Published by Yellow Dog Robotic Center/Glowbunny (ASCAP)
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Just Awful
6 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

Honestly, I was so dissapointed in this movie I could hardly stand it. I mean, the premise was so promising that I rushed to my video store to rent it. When I sat down to watch it I was amazed at the amateurish handling of such material. Okay, I understand that Justin Lin is young, I can forgive him that. What I can't forgive is the apparent lack of attention he paid to his actors. They were struggling throughout the whole movie. There's one scene, about three quarters of the way through the flick when it's a long two minute static shot of three of the main characters standing around and talking at a party. this scene was executed so poorly and with such disregard for aesthetics of film and acting that it literally blew my mind. Anyway, it just reinforces the notion that young actors and directors don't know how to deal with the static two shot anymore. As far as the film being hip, it seemed like one of those style over substance deals.


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