Better Luck Tomorrow (2002)

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Critic Consensus: A promising work by Lin, the energetic Better Luck Tomorrow is disturbing and thought-provoking.


Movie Info

A group of unlikely high school students take up crime as an extracurricular activity in this independent drama. Ben (Parry Shen) is a 16-year-old high school student who is the living embodiment of the stereotypical Asian overachiever. Ben obsessively studies even though he gets straight A's, takes part in a dizzying variety of school activities and community volunteer work, which he thinks will look good on his resume to colleges, and is even a member of the basketball team, even though he … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Justin Lin, Ernesto M. Foronda, Fabian Marquez
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 21, 2004
Box Office: $3.7M
Runtime:
MTV Films - Official Site

Cast

Roger Fan

as Daric
John Cho

as Steve
Jerry Mathers

as Biology Teacher
Ina Burke

as Tracy
Shirley Anderson

as Hot Dog Planet Custo...
Nanette Matoba

as Housewife
Kenji Matoba

as Toddler
Ashley Arai

as Cheerleader
Danielle Conner

as Cheerleader
Karen DiTota

as Cheerleader
Smita Satiani

as Cheerleader
Kristen Stinson

as Cheerleader
Ryan Cadiz

as Jesus Navarro
Jessie S. Marion

as Gina Nabham
A.J. Green

as Mr. Farmer
Esther 'Tita' Mercado

as Hospital Patient
Brandon Bain

as Basketball Player
Jesse Bustos

as Basketball Player
Troy Cartwright

as Basketball Player
Brandon Dennis

as Basketball Player
Ronald Dross

as Basketball Player
Christopher R. Edmonds

as Basketball Player
Jon Paul Lourenco

as Basketball Player
Anthony Moore

as Basketball Player
Jason Christopher Reyes

as Basketball Player
Dominique Ricks

as Basketball Player
Khalil Semaan

as Basketball Player
Jonathan Uyloan

as Basketball Player
Terry White

as Basketball Player
Chad Young

as Basketball Player
Kenwood Jung

as Basketball Coach
Jeff Russell

as Assistant Basketball...
Darian Weiss

as Kenny Vandergosh
Emmie Hsu

as Miriam
Lily Hu

as Tina
Justin Murphy

as Adam/New Year's Part...
Wayne Ford

as Student Buying Cheat...
Kevin Alfoldy

as Steve's Decathlon Te...
Daniel R. Bonneau

as Steve's Decathlon Te...
Lisa Grant

as Steve's Decathlon Te...
David Laurence

as Steve's Decathlon Te...
Nate Petre

as Steve's Decathlon Te...
Ramona T. Ramirez

as Steve's Decathlon Te...
Tom Chalmers

as Liquor Store Clerk
Bryan Baluyot

as Gangster
Mark Baluyot

as Gangster
Joseph Jaldon

as Gangster
Joe Hernandez-Kolski

as Scared Student
Jay Scott Green

as Assistant Vice Princ...
Denise Barnard

as Assistant Vice Princ...
Bruno Oliver

as History Teacher
Fabian Marquez

as Security Guard
Christopher Monjoy

as Student Buying Drugs
Jennifer Avelyn Wu

as Ben's Admirer
Lela Lee

as Slapper
Evan Leong

as Slapper's Boyfriend
Suzanne Keilly

as Salesgirl
Shane Kualapai

as Casino Security Guar...
Sean Alexander

as New Year's Party Ban...
Joey Barro

as New Year's Party Ban...
Ben Donaldson

as New Year's Party Ban...
Walker Edmondson

as New Year's Party Ban...
Chris Good

as New Year's Party Ban...
Diana Bonilla

as New Year's Party Fli...
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Critic Reviews for Better Luck Tomorrow

All Critics (103) | Top Critics (39)

Better Luck Tomorrow, a corrosive, insightful study of the pressure-packed lives of suburban high school students, brings a new variant to gangster movies: gangsters with perfect SAT scores.

Full Review… | February 21, 2004
Associated Press
Top Critic

Better Luck Tomorrow breathes new life into a familiar story: coming of age in high school.

Full Review… | February 21, 2004
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

A enerally absorbing look at a slice of society normally taken for granted, both in life and onscreen.

Full Review… | February 21, 2004
Variety
Top Critic

Spends more time avoiding Asian-American stereotypes than it does making sense of its characters and plot.

Full Review… | February 21, 2004
Time Out
Top Critic

MTV (which bought this movie out of Sundance) believes the target audience to be high school and college students. I would argue that it's anyone in search of a well-made, thought-provoking motion picture.

Full Review… | February 21, 2004
ReelViews
Top Critic

If this is what Lin can do for the Hollywood equivalent of pocket change, we can't wait to see what's possible when he has an actual budget at his disposal.

Full Review… | February 21, 2004
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

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