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Less Than Zero (1987)

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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 | Romance

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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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The movie was the first filmed adaptation of a written work by Bret Easton Ellis with the movie's source "Less Than Zero" book being Ellis' first novel as well. See more »

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

Quotes

Clay: You OK?
Blair: It's the cocaine... too much speed or something.
Clay: That's a relief.
Blair: What?
Clay: Well, you're fucked up, you look like shit, but hey no problem, all you need is a better cut of cocaine.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Wired (2014) See more »

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A Hazy Shade Of Winter
Performed by The Bangles
Written by Paul Simon
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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Brilliant
20 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a graduate of 1987, this brings back memories of the younger years.

Care free days of youth. Though the movie is a tragic Drama. It captures the fall of Wells very good. His friends trying to help and not realizing he is on borrowed time.

Andrew McCarthy as the one has seen his partying days go by and now concentrates on college and Robert Downey Jr. still stuck in his high school memories and addictions.

Jami Gertz as the one who loves McCarthy as a soul mate and Downey Jr. as a brother.

Very dramatic and moving. Very Tragic ending, but does have a little light before the closing credits.

Fabulous soundtrack and even better acting. Jami Gertz is Brilliant. I would highly recommend this movie.


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