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Less Than Zero (1987)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  6 November 1987 (USA)
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A college freshman returns to L.A. for the holidays at his ex-girlfriend's request, but discovers that his former best friend has an out-of-control drug habit.

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Clay, an eighteen-year-old freshman, comes back from his first term at a college in New Hampshire to spend his Christmas vacation with his broken-up wealthy family in Los Angeles. His former girlfriend, Blair, is now involved with his ex-best-friend, Julian. She warns Clay that Julian needs help: he is using a lot of cocaine and has huge debts. What follows is a look at the youth culture of wealthy post adolescents in Beverly Hills with a strong anti-drug message. Apart from the setting and the names, the film has very little to do with Bret Easton Ellis's book by the same title on which it was based. Written by Jeroen van Bree <J.vBree@kub.nl>

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In Beverly Hills, you can have anything your heart desires. You just can't have it the way it used to be. See more »

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6 November 1987 (USA)  »

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Corrupción en Beverly Hills  »

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$12,396,383 (USA)
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First film where Robert Downey Jr. was billed as "Robert Downey Jr." whereas all previous productions Downey had been billed simply as "Robert Downey". See more »

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Red Corvette is missing radio antenna in some scenes. See more »

Quotes

Rip: Do you have something for me?
Julian: I had it all worked out. Christ. At least I thought I did.
[long pause]
Julian: I fucked up. I don't have any money. I don't know... I don't know where I'm going to get it.
Rip: [long pause] Julian, this cannot go on forever. You owe me a lot of cash, and I'm carrying you like I'm stupid.
Julian: I know, I know. Just... just please don't cut me off, okay?
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How To Love Again
Performed by Oran 'Juice' Jones and Alyson Williams (as Allyson Williams)
Written by Vinnie Bell and Frederick Gordon
Courtesy of Def Jam Recordings/Columbia Records
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Under-rated!
27 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

As I write this, about 1700 voters here have given this movie a 5.5 rating. That's hard to fathom. And yet, in some way I'm glad, because yes this is a truly different kind of movie--praise be. And maybe slipped past people unnoticed.

I think this movie is like a small volume of honest postcards. The first thing you note about it is its honesty (it never shows it off) and at no turn of the page does this volume let you down. One source for this honest texture is the trio of main characters. One is as original (in cinema terms) real, non-sentimental, and truly likable and unpretentious as the other--and yes they are like comrades (no jealousy, no violence, no loud star-type sex, almost no "f" word). Perhaps the other source is that among the accumulation of scenes none is invasive or exploitative or stereotypical--all are kind of flat and equal and old postcardy in color and never drawing attention to themselves.

So, you may think this must be one of those artsy films--and this reviewer is into this sort of thing. Well, if it is, it has less than zero pretense to such and, therefore, no one would call it that. I guess the real irony here is that such an honest little gem of a film takes place in Beverley Hills and is about cocaine.


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