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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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Badger Meyer
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Mrs. Smith
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Roy Stalin
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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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You've blown up your neighbor's mom. Your seven-year-old brother has better luck with women than you do. Your girlfriend has a new boyfriend. Relax, you're never... See more »

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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 »

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Lane has blood on his lower lip after getting beat up by the basketball team; in a shot immediately following there's not a cut on his lip. See more »

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Lane Myer: Gee, I'm real sorry your mom blew up, Ricky.
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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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