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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.
Sacramento News & Review
June 21, 2017
June 21, 2017
The Joy Luck Club did the "white people are ignorant" story with less obviousness
June 17, 2017
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- Genre:Comedy, Drama
- Release Date:September 28, 2001
- Audio Format:Stereo
- Screen Pass Eligible:No
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