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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Insanity doesn't run in the family, it gallops.
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Did You Know?
The DVD sleeve notes declare that "writer/director Savage Steve Holland
says Better Off Dead...
(1985) is semi-autobiographical. After his high school love ditched him, he picked up an 8-millimeter camera and made some depressing movies that had the exact opposite on his friends - they laughed". These couple of 8mm short films then got screened on the film festival circuit upon which Holland decided to develop the story ideas from these shorts into a feature-length screenplay for Better Off Dead...
(1985). See more
At the end of the movie when the Monique and Lane are kissing at Dodgers Stadium, you can see bike tracks in the dirt and grass where the paperboy had ridden in previous takes. See more
Charles De Mar
I've been going to this high school for seven and a half years. I'm no dummy. I know high school girls.
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
Arrested By You
Music by Rupert Hine
Lyrics by Torrence Merdur
Performed by Rupert Hine
Produced by Rupert Hine See more