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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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Patti
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Robert Wells
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Lile
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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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6 November 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Corrupción en Beverly Hills  »

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$12,396,383 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Marek Kanievska was hired as director for two reasons and these were based on his direction of his critically acclaimed 1984 film Another Country (1984). This was because Kanievska had in that film (1) fashioned unsympathetic characters making them sympathetic and (2) been able to handle themes of bi-sexuality and sexual ambivalence. See more »

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When Blair and Clay look for Julian at a club in Los Angeles, they pull up to the valet with the convertible top down in pouring ran, but yet they are completely dry. See more »

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Rip: I'm not the problem here. Julian is the problem.
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Going Back To Cali
Performed by LL Cool J (as L.L. Cool J)
Written by Rick Rubin and LL Cool J (as James Todd Smith)
Courtesy of Def Jam Recordings/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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