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Better Luck Tomorrow Asian-American teen counterculture gets its day in Justin Lin's indie flick about a group of overachieving suburban high schoolers who get involved...Better Luck TomorrowMystery and Thriller, DramaPT99MR Asian-American teen counterculture gets its day in Justin Lin's indie flick about a group of overachieving suburban high schoolers who get involved...2003-10-03Karin Anna CheungJohn ChoRoger FanKarin Anna Cheung, John Cho, Roger FanMTV Films

Better Luck Tomorrow

Genre: Mystery and Thriller, Drama; Starring: Sung Kang, Parry Shen, Jason Tobin, Karin Anna Cheung, John Cho, Roger Fan; Director: Justin Lin; Author: Ernesto Foronda, Justin Lin, Fabian Marquez; Release Date Limited: 04/11/2003; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): 99; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: MTV Films

Asian-American teen counterculture gets its day in Justin Lin’s indie flick about a group of overachieving suburban high schoolers who get involved with cons, cocaine, and murder while simultaneously racking up impressive extracurriculars and straight As for their Ivy-bound college applications. Sounds contradictory, but the young actors’ fresh performances make it work surprisingly well. It’s also refreshing to see Lin replace the ”model minority” stereotype with an edgier, more complex image. But the far-fetched ending is more suited for a martial-arts actioner than a groundbreaking coming-of-age film. EXTRAS A boringly technical commentary by Lin and other cowriters is unfortunate.

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