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Ben is a talented high-school senior who dreams of going to art school. His strict immigrant fatherwants 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 anintroduction 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.
Decent yet stereotypical after school special. It's a step for Filipino-American cinema so there's that.Published 28 days ago by nj
I love this movie. It's definitely cheesier than I remember, but isn't that what makes it so great? Plus, RUFFIO!Published 1 month ago by Diana C
It was ok after seeing it the second time 9 years after. I totally forgot how the movie went when i first viewed it at the movie theaters in Fairfield, Ca in 2001. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Geekia10
Fans of Dante Basco should look no further. This is a solid movie with all the right ingredients, it's just missing a bit of production value. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Zach
This movie is over dramatized.
This movie puts in 1.5 hours, all the possible drama living the life of a Filipino American. Read more
Perfect script and a mix of drama and comedy. Great actors and actresses that are now popular than they were before. Nice movie that introduce Asian American life in America.Published 16 months ago by Richard B. Velasco
Joy bisco was annoying, but apart from that the movie was actually ok. Not as great as the previous reviews describe.Published 18 months ago by JDS