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BETTER LUCK TOMORROW (2003) A clique of Asian-American high school students become bad-boy criminals, even as they remain tightly wired academic stars; they turn delinquency into the ultimate extracurricular… 2003-04-11 R PT99M Drama Mystery and Thriller Sung Kang Parry Shen Jason Tobin Karin Anna Cheung John Cho Roger Fan MTV Films
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BETTER LUCK TOMORROW (2003)

MPAA Rating: R

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EW's GRADE
B

Details Limited Release: Apr 11, 2003; Rated: R; Length: 99 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Sung Kang, Parry Shen and Jason Tobin; Distributor: MTV Films

A clique of Asian-American high school students become bad-boy criminals, even as they remain tightly wired academic stars; they turn delinquency into the ultimate extracurricular activity. Cowriter-director Justin Lin has captured something new: the tenor and style of an Asian-American youth culture that sees no contradiction between punk aggression and brainiac fervor. The hero, Ben (Parry Shen), pushes himself to a place that isn't ultimately plausible, yet Lin works with rhythmic observational flair. At times, the film feels like a John Hughes triangle with edgier DNA. Still, it's a long way from Long Duk Dong.

Originally posted Apr 25, 2003 Published in issue #706-707 Apr 25, 2003 Order article reprints