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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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Crime | Drama

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6 November 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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In the party with all the TVs, Blair's hairstyle changes while she is talking to Clay. See more »

Quotes

Julian: I was wondering if I could stay at home tonight. I'd just really like to wake up and know where the hell I am for once, it'll be a nice change of pace for me.
Benjamin Wells: I can't do that.
Julian: Well I wouldn't ask, it's just my options are really kinda limited right now.
Benjamin Wells: Julian, we've been through this a hundred times.
Julian: Yeah, a hundred and one, actually.
Benjamin Wells: You conned your way through rehab, you lied, you stole. And look what you've done to our family.
Julian: I know, but I just want you to give me a break, I need you to be...
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Referenced in Bad Kids Go to Hell (2012) See more »

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Abele Dance
Performed by Manu Dibango
Words & Music by Manu Dibango
Courtesy of Celluloid Records
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11 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie should be considered a "Cult" classic. The movie captures the plight of a young teen's soul while in the drug world and the loyalty of friendship. The riveting performance of Robert Downey, Jr, who coincidentally won an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Charlie Chaplin, was convincing as a spoiled rich kid gone bad.. why does that sound familiar ?!? James Spader was almost as intriguing as the pimp/drug dealer who was as cold as dry ice ! Andrew McCarthy however, seemed to be drowned by his supporting cast but has proved to be a beloved actor in his roles in "Pretty in Pink & St. Elmo's Fire ! Overall, I think that this movie started fans to really look at these fine actors as serious player's in the 1990's. I highly recommend having this in your collection !


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