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A teenager has to deal with his girlfriend dumping him among family crises, homicidal paper boys, and a rival skier.

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Jenny Meyer
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Johnny Gasparini
Scooter Stevens ...
Badger Meyer
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Laura Waterbury ...
Mrs. Smith
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Ricky Smith (as Daniel Schneider)
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Yee Sook Ree
Brian Imada ...
Chen Ree
Chuck Mitchell ...
Rocko
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Beth Truss
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Aaron Dozier ...
Roy Stalin
Frank Burt Avalon ...
Roy's Ski Buddy #1
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Storyline

Lane Meyer is a depressed teen who loses his girlfriend Beth. Her given reason for breaking up is: "Lane, I think it'd be in my best interest if I dated somebody more popular. Better looking. Drives a nicer car." Anyway, poor Lane is left alone and thinks up treacherous ways of killing himself. He finally meets a French beauty called Monique and falls for her. Simultaneously, he must endure his mother's terrible cooking which literally slides off the table and his disgusting next door neighbour Ricky (and his mum) while he prepares for the skiing race of his life - to get his old girlfriend back! Written by Michael Feller <reb@magna.com.au>

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I have been going to this high school for seven years... I'm no dummy. See more »

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11 October 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Better Off Dead  »

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Trivia

This wasn't the first time Diane Franklin used a French accent in a film. For part of Second Time Lucky (1984) she played a French nurse in World War I. See more »

Goofs

Lane trips on the skates and accidentally pulls Chris' cheerleader outfit down around her ankles, exposing her underwear-clad body to the cafeteria. In the next shot that shows the outfit, it is away from her body, closer to lane, not near her feet. If Lane had actually pulled the outfit out from under her skate-clad feet, she would have tripped. See more »

Quotes

Monique Junot: I figured if we had nothing to say to each other he would get bored; go away. But instead he uses it as an excuse to put his testicles all over me.
Lane Myer: Excuse me?
Monique Junot: You know, like octopus? Testicles?
Lane Myer: Ohhhh. Tentacles. N-T. Tentacles; big Difference.
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Crazy Credits

The last line of the credits reads The film's over... you can go now. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Not Another Teen Movie (2001) See more »

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Hurts So Bad
Written by Bobby Hart, Teddy Randazzo, and Bobby Weinstein
Performed by Linda Ronstadt
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Classic 80's Movie Must See
4 June 2004 | by (Tampa) – See all my reviews

This is a must have in your DVD collection. Some love it, some say OK, some don't laugh at all. I say, you must have the uncanny ability to laugh at things ordinary people wouldn't understand the humor in. I've owned this movie on VHS and now DVD and have a steady belt of laughter each countless time I watch it. This is one of those movies where you are with your friends twenty years later and go, "I WANT MY TWO DOLLARS" and the room jocularly erupts and instigates discussion. If you find yourself easily amused, can see the humor in the way life hands you a sour glass of milk to wash down lifes trials in love, then you MUST see this Classic Movie that made me a Cusack fan!


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