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The Debut

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.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Although The Debut offers few surprises, it remains an engaging and well-acted look at the multi-generational immigrant experience.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Predictable immigrant-experience tale has cursing, drinking.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Debut is a 2001 feature about the Filipino American experience, in both Tagalog and English. A first-generation Filipino American youth longs to go to art school but faces the disdain of an unsupportive father who denigrates his art and expects the boy to become a doctor. Over the course of his sister's traditional 18th birthday festivities, he recognizes why his father treats him as he does and comes to value the culture he has been trying to leave behind. Teens drink to excess and get into fights. A gun is drawn. Adults smoke cigarettes. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "damn,'" "bitch," "ass," and racial slurs: the "N" word, "chink," and "coconut. " In a drinking game, a drunk girl talks about masturbation and "swallowing."

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Drama
  • Release Date:September 28, 2001
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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