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The Debut (2000)

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Release Date
 USA: Nov 4, 2000
DVD Release Date
 R1: Sep 9, 2003

Official Website:
The Debut Website

MPAA Rating
Rated R for language.

Running Time
1 hour, 34 minutes

Country USA

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Other Titles
• The Debut
• The Mercado Family Debut (2000)

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Genre: Drama, Comedy, Coming Of Age, School / Campus

Tagline: One night can change a lifetime.

Plot: Filipino-American high school student Ben (Dante Mercado) works in a comic book shop to earn money to pay his way into Cal Arts. His father, a postman, is determined that his son--who has won a pre-med scholarship to UCLA--will become a doctor. The eighteenth birthday party of Ben's sister, Rose, sets off a comedic and touching series of events and family struggles that will in turn determine young Ben's future. This fresh independent production from Gene Cajayon presents a lighthearted and warm coming-of-age tale filtered through the eyes of an American subculture rarely seen on film.

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