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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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(novel), (screenplay)
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Bradford Easton
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Benjamin Wells
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Elaine Easton
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Hop
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Markie
Lisanne Falk ...
Patti
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Robert Wells
Neith Hunter ...
Alana
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Kim
Brian Wimmer ...
Trent
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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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R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

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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Cinematographer Edward Lachman remembers that originally the film was a lot "edgier" and that the studio took it away from Marek Kanievska. He also recalled a scene he shot with Red Hot Chili Peppers: "The Red Hot Chili Peppers were in that film and the studio became very conservative and they said, 'Oh the band, they're sweaty and they don't have their shirts on.' They destroyed an incredible Steadicam shot, all because they had to cut around them being bare-chested". See more »

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When Julian is dead, and his head is leaning back, his eyelids move can be seen moving slightly when Blair is holding him. See more »

Quotes

Rip: I'm not the problem here. Julian is the problem.
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Followed by Imperial Bedrooms See more »

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Psychotic Reaction
Performed by Count Five
Words & Music by Kenn Ellner (as Ellena), Ron Chaney (as Chaney), Craig Atkinson (as Atkinson),
John Byrne (as Byrne) & John Michalski (as Michalski)
Courtesy of Hot Shot 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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