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** ''Film/F9'' expands this to include [[spoiler:Virgil, who not only made a full recovery from his coma, but went on to become a rocket scientist]].

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** ''Film/F9'' ''Film/{{F9}}'' expands this to include [[spoiler:Virgil, who not only made a full recovery from his coma, but went on to become a rocket scientist]].

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** ''Film/F9'' expands this to include [[spoiler:Virgil, who not only made a full recovery from his coma, but went on to become a rocket scientist]].


* NewYearHasCome: The New Year's party near the end of the movie.

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* NewYearHasCome: The There's a New Year's party near the end of the movie.movie.
* NewYearsKiss: Ben has a crush on Stephanie for most of the movie, but she's dating Steve. At the end of the film, after Steve mysteriously disappears [[spoiler: (actually, Ben et al. killed him for unrelated reasons)]], Ben and Stephanie meet at a New Years party and share a kiss at midnight on New Years Eve. This would seemingly advance their relationship, but due to Ben's sadness and the circumstances surrounding Steve the relationship doesn't get developed much.


The film's also notable for featuring the first appearance of Han Lue (played by Sung Kang), whom Justin Lin would later introduce to ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' franchise in ''[[Film/TheFastAndTheFuriousTokyoDrift Tokyo Drift]]''.


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The film's also notable for featuring the first appearance of Han Lue (played by Sung Kang), Creator/SungKang), whom Justin Lin would later introduce to ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' franchise in ''[[Film/TheFastAndTheFuriousTokyoDrift Tokyo Drift]]''.


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* TheBenchwarmer: Ben makes the basketball team, but never gets to play because he isn't very good. This becomes a plot point when Daric convinces the whole school that Ben's been benched due to racism. The publicity from this causes Ben to quit the basketball team, but draws him closer to Daric's influences.

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* SharedUniverse: With ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious''.

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The film's also notable for featuring the first appearance of Han Lue (played by Sung Kang), whom Justin Lin would later introduce to ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' franchise in ''[[Film/TheFastAndTheFuriousTokyoDrift Tokyo Drift]]''.


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* MinorLivingAlone: 17-year-old Daric lives alone, as his parents travel a lot or work somewhere else. Because of this, his house becomes a setting for many a WildTeenParty.

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* HappilyAdopted: Stephanie.


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* KarmaHoudini: Deric.


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* PomPomGirl: Stephanie does have a sneaky side (shoplifting a CD in one scene) but comes a lot closer to this trope than TheCheerleader.


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* TakingTheHeat: Han for [[spoiler: the cheating scandal]].


* CharacterOverlap: The character of Han (played by Sung Kang) is the same Han who appears in ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' films, asconfirmed in online interviews by both [[http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=104306 Justin Lin]]and [[http://www.craveonline.com/film/interviews/506363-exclusive-interview-sung-kang-on-fast-furious-6 Sung Kang]].

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* CharacterOverlap: The character of Han (played by Sung Kang) is the same Han who appears in ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' films, asconfirmed as confirmed in online interviews by both [[http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=104306 Justin Lin]]and [[http://www.craveonline.com/film/interviews/506363-exclusive-interview-sung-kang-on-fast-furious-6 Sung Kang]].


''Better Luck Tomorrow'' is a 2002 crime-drama film directed by Justin Lin. Set in suburban [[UsefulNotes/{{California}} Orange County]], the film follows a group of high-achieving Asian American high schoolers who turn to a life of crime out of a dissatisfaction with their lives. This lifestyle sprials out of control, leading to eventual murder. The film was [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory loosely based]] on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Stuart_Tay the murder of Stuart Tay]].

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''Better Luck Tomorrow'' is a 2002 crime-drama film directed by Justin Lin.Creator/JustinLin. Set in suburban [[UsefulNotes/{{California}} Orange County]], the film follows a group of high-achieving Asian American high schoolers who turn to a life of crime out of a dissatisfaction with their lives. This lifestyle sprials out of control, leading to eventual murder. The film was [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory loosely based]] on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Stuart_Tay the murder of Stuart Tay]].


* TheSociopath: Daric never shows any empathy for anyone, and show no remorse other than a desire to cover his own ass after they kill someone. [[spoiler: He also murders Steve in cold-blood, smothering the unconscious teen after learning he's alive after the gang thinks they've killed him accidentally.]] He seems to enjoy corrupting people, as when he introduces the Academic Decathalon team to drugs and alchol, and he's a hedonist himself who spends a lot of time drinking and partying. He is usually pretty unemotional, except when someone insults him, as at the party when he pulls a gun on a guy for disrespecting him. He's also good at manipulating people, as when he gets the whole school on Ben's side for being supposedly tokenized by the basketball coach.

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* TheSociopath: Daric never shows any empathy for anyone, and show no remorse other than a desire to cover his own ass after they kill someone. [[spoiler: He also murders Steve in cold-blood, smothering the unconscious teen after learning he's alive after the gang thinks they've killed him accidentally.]] He seems to enjoy corrupting people, as when he introduces the Academic Decathalon team to drugs and alchol, alcohol, and he's a hedonist himself who spends a lot of time drinking and partying. He is usually pretty unemotional, except when someone insults him, as at the party when he pulls a gun on a guy for disrespecting him. He's also good at manipulating people, as when he gets the whole school on Ben's side for being supposedly tokenized by the basketball coach.

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* GoodTimesMontage: Several scenes of Academic Decathalon meetings are montages of the teammates drinking beer, doing cocaine, making out with each other, etc.


* AsianAndNerdy: Deconstructed. The protagonists are all academically excellent, upper middle class Asian-Americans, but they use their smarts and busy school schedule as a front for a life of crime and partying. This starts with paid exam cribbing in more alignment with the stereotype, but eventually leads to more classic gang-banger activities like dealing drugs and robbing houses.

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* AsianAndNerdy: Deconstructed. The protagonists are all academically excellent, upper middle class Asian-Americans, but they use their smarts and busy school schedule as a front for a life of crime and partying. They adopt this lifestyle in part as a rebellion against the high-pressure, rigid social role expected of them. This starts with paid exam cribbing in more alignment with the stereotype, but eventually leads to more classic gang-banger activities like dealing drugs and robbing houses.

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* ChekhovsGun: Virgil gets a gun early on in the movie. Later, he develops a propensity to pull it out on people, [[spoiler: and eventually uses it to attempt suicide]].


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* LooseLips: Virgil is very chatty and has trouble keeping secrets. After he takes over the gang's crime ring, the administration busts their test cheating ring after he went around the school bragging about it.

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