The Debut

The Debut
The Debut
  • R
  • 1h 28m
  • 2001
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Ben is a talented high-school senior who dreams of going to art school. His strict immigrant father wants him to accept a scholarship to medical school. The struggle between his family's Filipino traditions and his own American dreams explodes on the night of his sister's eighteenth birthday party. Pressured by his family to attend his sister's "debut" instead of hanging with his white friends, Ben gets more than he bargained for, including a showdown with a childhood friend-turned-thug, and an introduction to a beautiful woman who might teach him a few things about his real culture -- and about true love. An impressive debut for writer/director Gene Cajayon, The Debut is a hip, insightful dramatic comedy starring Dante Basco (Biker Boyz, Hook), Bernadette Balagtas, Joy Bisco (TV's "Port Charles") and legendary Filipino actor Eddie Garcia.
© 2000 5 Card Productions LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

L.A. Weekly
Chuck Wilson

Director Gene Cajayon, with co-writer John Manal Castro and a charming cast, continually subverts...

June 17, 2017
Hollywood Reporter
Frank Scheck

Mostly the situations, albeit compressed, ring true; the characters are admirably multi-dimensiona...

June 17, 2017
New York Post
Lou Lumenick

An earnest and predictable little indie.

June 17, 2017
New York Times
Lawrence Van Gelder

A neat blend of well-drawn major characters and drama, music, dance, romance and humor that genera...

June 17, 2017
Village Voice
Laura Sinagra

The film has a sweet low-budget quality that sometimes slips into TV-movie schmaltz.

June 17, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:September 28, 2001
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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