Better Off Dead... (1985)
A "Twiki" doll can be seen in the Christmas scene.
Threw away...perfectly good white boy
The ski competition part is inspired by the movie.
In the grocery store scene, Nintendo's arcade game Punch Out can be seen up front.
When Beth (Amanda Wyss) shows up at the high school dance, the person standing behind her is wearing Freddy Krueger's sweater (Nightmare on Elm Street). Wyss played Krueger's first victim in Nightmare on Elm Street.
Poster is shown in a video store.
As he is being driven into the car wash, Haru says, "I cannot swim." The paperboy in "Better Off Dead" says the same thing when he is driven into a car wash.
Maxine holds up a photograph depicting John Cusack skiing downhill
"Butter Off Dead" Itchy & Scratchy cartoon
Listed in a program schedule.
Just like Lane Meyer in "Better Off Dead...," Rory wakes up from a nap with a post-it note stuck to her forehead.
Having Devil based food prodects references the French food prodects gag from Better Off Dead
the ski race scene
Listed as one of Savage Steve Holland's credits.
Included in a $16,000 question
Poster shown in "Shade Tippin'" montage
Ziva quotes from Better Off Dead, and DiNozzo says he told her to watch the movie.
Some one yells they want their $2 dollars when John Cusak is on screen
Greg wakes up to find that Rowley has left a post-it note on his forehead. In "Better Off Dead," Lane's mother does the same thing to him.
Incorrect response to question in Characters From Movies category
Players can earn an achievement called "Better Off Dead" by dying 100 times.
DVD case can be seen in Mark's living room.
Video case is shown.
Mentioned in dialogue
a listener tweets that he would not see a remake of this movie
referenced in clue in "Sports Films?" category
Jonah: "Go that way, really fast. If something gets in your way, turn."
Jonah: "I want my two dollars!"
"I'd be Better Off Dead than watching this."
Game appears in this film
Game visible in background at Pig Burgers.
Game appears in this film
Clips are shown for the review. Two thumbs down.
Audio from the "two dollars cash" scene is used.
Ellen's #3 Creepiest Kid
"Winter Olympics Round-Up" segment.
When Lane gets home from the dance, he opens his brother's door to find lovely ladies in his room, the camera angle is a classic scene from The Graduate (1967) - the lady's legs are spread so we can see the boy in the doorway admiring her.
Lane Meyer is skiing on one ski, same as George Lazenby as James Bond during the escape from Blofeld's lair
Protagonist repeatedly attempts suicide but to no avail.
The paper boy that stalks Lane Meyer... "I want my two dollars!"
Ricky Smith meets nerdy blond with pigtails; exactly the same situation after Jaws emerges from the wrecked funicular in Rio.
"Better Off Wet" is a title spoof of that film.
Tad, the ski-champion who tries to bully Stan and challenges him to a race, is based on Roy Stalin from "Better Off Dead", as is the final race sequence, which spoofs the original by having the hero lose.
When Peter is on the maid's back, he comes to the stoplight where the twin chinese men meet up to him. Peter puts on his glasses and his gloves, so do the men.
the Decathalon bet and the little brother whiz kid
The 80s skier on the large cell phone tells the person he's talking to "I want my two dollars!" spoofs Cusack's 1985 movie 'Better Off Dead'. Also, the movie is overall inspired by several 80s ski comedy movies including this one.