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Better Off Dead... (1985)

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
Demian Slade ...
Johnny Gasparini
Scooter Stevens ...
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
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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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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Trivia

During the Christmas presents scene at Lane's house we see a large toy robot. It is Twiki from the TV show Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979). See more »

Goofs

When Lane does the burnout beside the Cosell brothers, the wind is blowing the smoke away from the Ford Falcon. In the next camera shot, the smoke is blowing into the Ford Falcon. See more »

Quotes

Mailman: What's a little boy like you doing with big boy smut like this?
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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Here Comes Santa Claus
Written by Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman
Performed by The Carpenters
Produced by Richard Carpenter
Courtesy of A&M Records
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Everybody Wants Some....
10 March 1999 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

I recently held a movie survey for an upcoming 12-hour "silly film" party at my house. This movie, surprisingly, was the top title to be voted on out of about 40 movies. Then I thought about it a bit - I loved this flick, and over 14 years, videos have been rented and others saw it and love it as well. What other flick can have a homicidal paper boy, a japanese guy who speaks only as howard cosell, a car that has darkened our driveway for six months, the k-12, and charles demar? The love story inside of it is good as well. "Reminds me of the moonshine Ricky's dead pappy used to make - God Bless him!" 9 of 10.


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