#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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.
Plot: 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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more than what I expected
I picked this film up on a whim, and I thought that I knew what it was going to be about, but I was mistaken; I didn’t expect the dark comedy/tragedy that the film ended up being. However, this was not bad. I have watched tons of films wherein at one point, you say to yourself, “Ok, this is just not possible”, and you want to think that it’s not, because the characters don’t seem to deserve what you know what will happen to them. “Very bad things” with Jon Favreau comes to mind, but “Better Luck Tomorrow” actually connected me to the characters and made me really feel like I just wanted to scream at them and say tell them not to go down the road they were following! This is something that not many films can do (“Bad things” included).
This film is quite impressive, especially considering it was shot for a VERY shoestring budget, and had some great camera work and very solid editing. It did not in any way look like an amateur film, at all. I don’t understand how this film has been branded “shallow”; it takes an original story and tells it in a convincing manner not characteristic of many films lately.
On one final note, all the acting is great, and I really don’t care if anyone in it was thirty years old playing a seventeen year old, they were great performances and they had actual heart behind them.
If you have a chance, see this film, but be prepared to get a little more than what you thought you would.
What About the Girls?
Just came back from a screening of this movie in NYC. Being Chinese American, I felt I could vicariously live through the characters’ mishaps and adventures. I think this film is a manifestation of some unconscious fantasies I had during high school. Unfortunately, during high school I was too busy trying to land a spot in the incoming class of an Ivy League to think about power trips from petty crimes or even relieving the stress of perfectionism. Being female also dramatically reduced my access to the possibility for petty crimes and other risky experimentation. Chinese girls are raise to be good, dutiful daughters, who in turn become their own slave drivers feeding off of their need for perfectionism. Thanks to the oppressive histories of East Asian cultures, Asian parents brook no rebellion from girls. Girls are constantly taught that the slightest transgression will bring harsh criticism. And, having already fallen out of favor for not being born male, girls are dealt much harsher punishments than boys for rebellious behavior. The patriarchal adage “boys will be boys” resonates through Asian cultures with the accompanying implication that “girls must also be girls”. Unfortunately, “Better Luck Tomorrow” makes no mention of the double standards imposed on Asian-American girls. It was disappointing to see the sole female actress become a pawn in the brokering of power between two high school boys.
The Asian girls in my high school who exhibited risky behavior were always sidelined by more daring male exploits. Essentially, female risky behavior amounted to wanton sex with men and occasional petty thievery. How little it differs from our non-Asian counterparts!
But if anything, at least this movie is not about kung fu fighting Chinese actors coupled with black or white male leads in movies like “Bulletproof Monk”. Justin Lin’s “Better Luck Tomorrow” aptly reminds the audience that Chow Young Fat, Jet Li, and Jacky Chan are not Asian-American men!
Criticisms aside, “Better Luck Tomorrow” is a clever film featuring some fine acting. The strengths and vulnerabilities of the Asian American boys are explored in a hitherto unprecedented way. Kudos to Jason Tobin for some fine acting!
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 41 min (101 min), 1 hr 38 min (98 min) (2003) (USA)
Genre Crime, Drama, Romance
Director Justin Lin
Writer Ernesto Foronda, Justin Lin, Fabian Marquez
Actors Parry Shen, Jason Tobin, Shirley Anderson, Nanette Matoba
Awards 1 win & 2 nominations.
Production Company MTV Films
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Laboratory FotoKem Laboratory, Burbank (CA), USA
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm