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 <email@example.com>
Insanity doesn't run in the family, it gallops.
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Did You Know?
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
Camera and operator visible during the final ski race with the paper boy. See more
I have great fear of tools. I once made a birdhouse in woodshop and the fair housing committee condemned it. I can't.
"I cannot do it" is your middle name.
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
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 See more