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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
Donna Mitchell ...
Elaine Easton
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Markie
Lisanne Falk ...
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Robert Wells
Neith Hunter ...
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Kim
Brian Wimmer ...
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Lile
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Storyline

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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1.85 : 1
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Marek Kanievska was hired to direct because he had dealt with ambivalent sexuality and made unlikeable characters appealing in his previous film, Another Country (1984). Jon Avnet felt that Cristofer's script was "so depressing and degrading." Avnet instead wanted to transform "a very extreme situation" into "a sentimental story about warmth, caring and tenderness in an atmosphere hostile to those kinds of emotions". See more »

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When Blair stops dancing and sits down next to Clay on the couch, he is just starting to take a bite of a lemon. When the camera angle changes, his hand is nowhere near his mouth. See more »

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Clay: Do you know that you girls have televisions between your legs?
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Christmas In Hollis
Performed by Run-D.M.C.
Words & Music by Joseph Simmons (as J. Simmons), Darryl McDaniels (as E. McDaniels),
Jason Mizell (as J. Mizell)
Courtesy of Profile Records, Inc.
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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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