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Better Luck Tomorrow
Topic by: snafu
Posted: May 11, 2003 - 6:25 PM PDT
Last Reply: July 10, 2003 - 4:48 PM PDT

author topic: Better Luck Tomorrow
snafu
post #1  on May 11, 2003 - 6:25 PM PDT  
Now for the life of me I can't understand why the movie is getting such positive reviews. The plot is weak, the character development non-existent and an ending that cops out of making any cohesive point. Ok maybe it's not as bad as I am making it out to be, or maybe I should watch more MTV. The major hook of the entire movie seemed to be the asian actors but we never really learn anything about any of them, what country are they from ? What do their parents do ? ...
So I am curious did anyone else feel disappointed by this movie ? It could have been so much better.
dwhudson
post #2  on May 12, 2003 - 10:02 AM PDT  
I haven't seen it myself, snafu, but it looks like you're not alone in your disappointment. A few days ago, this piece at Alternet was pointed to in the news. I wonder if you agree with the writer who seems to have more stringent criteria -- too stringent? -- for what the movie should have been than you do...
SRhodes
post #3  on May 12, 2003 - 1:33 PM PDT  

It is a good, fun, teen movie with a great soundtrack. Certainly better than most teen movies.

It did really well in the first few cities it opened in, but seems to have stalled out at just under 400 theaters while Bend it Like Beckham continues to expand.

Charlotte Sometimes is a better film, but it will get more limited distribution.

I haven't had a chance to watch Justin Lin's first film, Shopping For Fangs yet (which stars Lela Lee).
snafu
post #4  on May 13, 2003 - 1:18 PM PDT  
I also think charlotte sometimes will be a much better movie after reading a few reviews about it. I am not sure that BLT is better than most teen movies then again the bar is set so low that I think it can be argued either way. My problem with the movie is that if you replace all the asian actors with white actors does it still have the same appeal ? no it's at most a made for TV movie. Of course the whole point seems to be use asian actors but make sure we never really talk about the fact that they are asian... just seems contradictory to me. What was the reference to angry little girls for ? didn't quiet get that.
> On May 12, 2003 - 1:33 PM PST SRhodes wrote:
> ---------------------------------
>
> It is a good, fun, teen movie with a great soundtrack. Certainly better than most teen movies.
>
> It did really well in the first few cities it opened in, but seems to have stalled out at just under 400 theaters while Bend it Like Beckham continues to expand.
>
> Charlotte Sometimes is a better film, but it will get more limited distribution.
>
> I haven't had a chance to watch Justin Lin's first film, Shopping For Fangs yet (which stars Lela Lee).
> ---------------------------------

SRhodes
post #5  on May 13, 2003 - 2:36 PM PDT  

In addition to acting (she is now on Tremors on Scifi), she does that comic strip (and will be profiled in a PBS show that will probably air this fall).
underdog
post #6  on May 13, 2003 - 3:16 PM PDT  
I haven't seen the film yet so can't really comment on it specifically... But from reading the reviews and hearing the word of mouth here in the Bay Area, it seems that much of the excitement with BLT (on rye, hold the mayo, er sorry), has to do with the fact that it is the first film to depict the alienation of growing up Asian in modern US. It seems like people are reacting to it in the way that many reacted to Boyz N the Hood (which is probably a better movie...), that it has gotten people to talking about issues and Asian teenagers feel like a lot of their life is up there on the screen -- for the first time. I think it's the way some feel it blows apart Asian stereotypes that has caught the eye... It doesn't mean it's perfect or un

Again, maybe it isn't a great movie, and I haven't seen it (I will!), but this seems to be why there's so much buzz. It's fresh.

Or at least, we've come a long way since Long Duc Dong. ;-)

SRhodes
post #7  on May 14, 2003 - 3:50 PM PDT  

Boyz N the Hood is a better film, but BLT is still worth seeing. It is playing at the Balboa in SF (with Phone Booth through Thursday and Anger Management starting Friday).
maritoni
post #8  on June 23, 2003 - 2:53 PM PDT  
What country are they from? You're missing a big part of the point right there. THEY ARE AMERICAN! BLT IS ABOUT ASIAN AMERICANS! And about their parents - well, that's a whole other big point of the film. They are absent in the lives of the kids because they are successful academically. As someone in the film says, it gives them free reign. Thus, the parents are purposely absent from the film.

That being said, no BLT is not a perfect film, but almost no film is. I think it is worthy on many levels though and I'm glad lots of people around the country had a chance to see it.

Check out Charlotte Sometimes. Very different and a very strong feature debut by director Eric Byler.

> On May 11, 2003 - 6:25 PM PST snafu wrote:
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>The major hook of the entire movie seemed to be the asian actors but we never really learn anything about any of them, what country are they from ? What do their parents do ? ...
>
> ---------------------------------

rlchang
post #9  on July 10, 2003 - 4:48 PM PDT  
I dunno the point of the movie just kinda missed my brain I guess. I grew up Asian American and I don't really see the big deal. Maybe it would make more sense if I weren't or wasn't in heavily Asian-populated areas for most of my life. Then again, my entire middle school was Caucasoid.

I figured it was one of the "let's make a social statement instead of a movie" kind of deals and wrote off the experience pretty much.

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