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Better Off Dead... (1985)

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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
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Badger Meyer
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Mrs. Smith
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Ricky Smith (as Daniel Schneider)
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Yee Sook Ree
Brian Imada ...
Chen Ree
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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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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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Insanity doesn't run in the family, it gallops. See more »

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Savage Steve Holland stated in an interview that John Cusack hated this movie and walked out of the film after twenty minutes during a special screening prior to the star of production on One Crazy Summer (1986). Holland said: "The next morning [Cusack] basically walked up to me and was like, 'You know, you tricked me. Better Off Dead... (1985) was the worst thing I have ever seen. I will never trust you as a director ever again, so don't speak to me' . . . He was just really upset. And I said, 'What happened?! What's wrong?!' And he just said that I sucked, and it was the worst thing he had ever seen, and that I had used him, and made a fool out of him, and all this other stuff . . . It was so out of left field that it just floored me". Cusack completed principal photography on One Crazy Summer (1986) due to contractual obligations but it had it not been for this Cusack likely would have not done the second film with Holland. See more »

Goofs

Camera and operator visible during the final ski race with the paper boy. See more »

Quotes

Lane Myer: I have great fear of tools. I once made a birdhouse in woodshop and the fair housing committee condemned it. I can't.
Monique Junot: "I cannot do it" is your middle name.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits feature a cartoon - the animation style is the same that Lane draws in the cafeteria later on. John Cusack's character in Savage Steve Holland's One Crazy Summer is also an aspiring cartoonist who draws in the same style. See more »


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With One Look
(The Wildest Dream)
Music by Rupert Hine
Lyrics by Torrence Merdur
Performed by Rupert Hine and Cy Curnin
Produced by Rupert Hine
Cy Curnin's services courtesy of MCA Records
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I've watched this film about 7 times and I'm no dummy!
17 July 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Better Off Dead is a spoof takeoff of the John Hughes' eighties films about teen angst. John Cusack plays wonderfully as Lane Myer who had an obsessive relationship with his ex girlfriend, Beth, who breaks up the relationship for somebody better. Miserable, he tries to kill himself several times without failure. As his friend played brilliantly by Curtis Armstrong tells him "Suicide is not the answer" and lines like "I've been going to high school for 7 years, I'm no dummy." While Lane depresses over his adolescence existence in a small northern California town, the laughs just keep getting better. His mother is obsessed with cooking. The father sets him up with a date when he worries his son is going insane. On top of all that, Lane is being hunted down by an unpaid paper boy who will stop at nothing to get his $2.00 and surprisingly, he finds love under his nose. I have to say this movie will leave you wanting more and more.


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