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Less Than Zero (1987)

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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Bradford Easton
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Benjamin Wells
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Elaine Easton
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Storyline

Clay, an eighteen-year-old freshman, comes back from his first term at Princeton 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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It only looks like the good life. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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R | See all certifications »

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6 November 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Corrupción en Beverly Hills  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,008,987 (USA) (8 November 1987)

Gross:

$12,396,383 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Bret Easton Ellis hated the film initially. He admits that the film bears no resemblance to his novel but that it captured, "a certain youth culture during that decade that no other movie caught", and felt that it was miscast with the exceptions of Robert Downey Jr. and James Spader. Furthermore, he has said, "I think that movie is gorgeous, and the performances that I thought were shaky seem much better now. Like, Jami Gertz seems much better to me now than she did 20 years ago. It's something I can watch". See more »

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At the cemetery, Clay tells Blair a story which starts: "I remember when Julian's mother died. We were five." Though earlier in the film, Julian and Clay share a drink over ten years of friendship. See more »

Quotes

Rip: This is not recess. Everyone is accountable.
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Referenced in The Rules of Attraction (2002) See more »

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Life Fades Away
Performed by Roy Orbison
Written by Glenn Danzig (as Glen Danzig) and Roy Orbison
Courtesy of Virgin Records
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Excellent
4 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

Ignore the negativity about the comparison to the book. If you want a book review, go to Amazon.

As a film it does what it does magnificently; thru and thru, from extreme to sublime via ridiculous - but as many point out, if you witnessed any clubbing in LA in the '80s, or any of 'the scene', then this movie holds an unpleasant mirror up to those views.

RDJ is simply brilliant. McC & Gertz fantastic. Spader, preparatively oily.

10/10 for this one folks. Anything less is discussing the % of the cut, to be honest.

*Sniff*


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