Better Off Dead... (1985) Poster


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ABC's Wide World of Sports (1961) (TV Series)
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979) (TV Series)
A "Twiki" doll can be seen in the Christmas scene.
Simon & Simon: Design for Killing (1983) (TV Episode)
Threw away...perfectly good white boy
Hot Dog... The Movie (1984)
The ski competition part is inspired by the movie.
Punch-Out!! (1984) (Video Game)
In the grocery store scene, Nintendo's arcade game Punch Out can be seen up front.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
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.

Referenced in 

Demon Queen (1987) (Video)
Poster is shown in a video store.
Men at Work (1990)
Beverly Hills Ninja (1997)
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.
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Maxine holds up a photograph depicting John Cusack skiing downhill
The Simpsons: Little Girl in the Big Ten (2002) (TV Episode)
"Butter Off Dead" Itchy & Scratchy cartoon
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) (TV Movie)
Listed in a program schedule.
Gilmore Girls: Raincoats and Recipes (2004) (TV Episode)
Just like Lane Meyer in "Better Off Dead...," Rory wakes up from a nap with a post-it note stuck to her forehead.
The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005)
Having Devil based food prodects references the French food prodects gag from Better Off Dead
Family Guy: Road to Rupert (2007) (TV Episode)
the ski race scene
Make or Break TV: The New Adventures of Beans Baxter (2008) (TV Episode)
Listed as one of Savage Steve Holland's credits.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.95 (2009) (TV Episode)
Included in a $16,000 question
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: The Informers/The Soloist/Tyson (2009) (TV Episode)
Poster shown in "Shade Tippin'" montage
NCIS: Ignition (2010) (TV Episode)
Ziva quotes from Better Off Dead, and DiNozzo says he told her to watch the movie.
Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
Some one yells they want their $2 dollars when John Cusak is on screen
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011)
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.
Jeopardy!: 2011 Tournament of Champions Quarterfinal Game 4 (2011) (TV Episode)
Incorrect response to question in Characters From Movies category
Saturday Morning RPG (2012) (Video Game)
Players can earn an achievement called "Better Off Dead" by dying 100 times.
Ugly Americans: The Stalking Dead (2012) (TV Episode)
DVD case can be seen in Mark's living room.
Rewind This! (2013)
Video case is shown.
Workaholics: Trivia Pursuits (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 1 June 2015 (2015) (TV Episode)
a listener tweets that he would not see a remake of this movie
Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #2.17 (2016) (TV Episode)
referenced in clue in "Sports Films?" category
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Avalanche (2017) (TV Episode)
Jonah: "Go that way, really fast. If something gets in your way, turn."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: The Beast of Hollow Mountain (2017) (TV Episode)
Jonah: "I want my two dollars!"
The Cinema Snob: Christmas with a Capital C (2017) (TV Episode)
"I'd be Better Off Dead than watching this."


The Flintstones (1960) (TV Series)
Puckman (1980) (Video Game)
Game appears in this film
Robotron: 2084 (1982) (Video Game)
Game visible in background at Pig Burgers.
Punch-Out!! (1984) (Video Game)
Game appears in this film

Featured in 

At the Movies: Better Off Dead/The Journey of Natty Gann/Commando (1985) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown for the review. Two thumbs down.
Retrosexual: The 80's (2004) (TV Mini-Series)
AMV Hell 3: The Motion Picture (2005)
Audio from the "two dollars cash" scene is used.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: From Paris with Love/Dear John/Frozen (2010) (TV Episode)
"Winter Olympics Round-Up" segment.


Frankenstein (1931)
The Graduate (1967)
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.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
Lane Meyer is skiing on one ski, same as George Lazenby as James Bond during the escape from Blofeld's lair
Harold and Maude (1971)
Protagonist repeatedly attempts suicide but to no avail.
Paper Moon (1973)
The paper boy that stalks Lane Meyer... "I want my two dollars!"
Rocky (1976)
Moonraker (1979)
Ricky Smith meets nerdy blond with pigtails; exactly the same situation after Jaws emerges from the wrecked funicular in Rio.

Spoofed in 

Dexter's Laboratory: Dexter's Lab: A Story/Coupon for Craziness/Better Off Wet (1998) (TV Episode)
"Better Off Wet" is a title spoof of that film.
South Park: Asspen (2002) (TV Episode)
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.
Family Guy: I Take Thee, Quagmire (2006) (TV Episode)
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.
Totally Awesome (2006) (TV Movie)
the Decathalon bet and the little brother whiz kid
Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
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.

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