The Debut

The Debut (2000)

Filipino-American high school student Ben (Dante Basco) 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.

  • Gene Cajayon
  • John Manal Castro
  • Gene Cajayon
themoviedb icon 5.8/10
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  • Release Date: 2000-05-18
  • Language: English
  • Country: US
  • Runtime: 88
  • Budget: $1,000,000

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