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
In a February 2016 interview with the New York Times, Justin Lin recalled than when he was struggling to arrange financing for Better Luck Tomorrow, he had one potential investor who offered Lin $1 million, but only on the condition that the movie had to have Macaulay Culkin in the lead. Lin said, "If I would have said yes, I would have gotten $1 million and I would have gotten to make the movie with a white cast, but it didn't interest me." See more »
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 »
In the version shown at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, Ben Manibag, played by Parry Shen, has taken part in the killing of a romantic rival, and towards the end he is heard saying, in effect, "Well, what I did wasn't right ...but I've got college to think about, and I've got a good life to look forward to, and I'm gonna move on." See more »
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Mediocre, not much to remember
I picked up this movie at the recommendation of a friend, and must admit, I was less than impressed. It had a lot of potential, but the plot was all over the place. It felt like it was just too much going on during the 90 or so minutes of dialogue. What was worse was that they'd just jump into a scene, and add something in without any rhyme or reason. For example, right after the prostitute hotel scene, Ben narrates something about how his Academic Challenge team won the national championship. I felt they could've had something to elaborate on that moment, rather than just throw in a quick "Oh yeah! I forgot to tell you, we won the national championship." Ditto to the scene where one of the characters (IIRC Ben) wakes up in a daze, with a bloody nose, the result of cocaine. Not much of a build-up or anything. It's just BAM! All of a sudden, he's a cokehead.
This movie had potential, but was poorly executed IMO. With better pacing, and even writing, it could get a higher rating. But with such sloppy execution, I must give it a 4.
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