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>
It only looks like the good life.
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Did You Know?
The last name of Andrew McCarthy
's character, Clay Easton, is the same name as the middle name of source novelist Bret Easton Ellis
. Clay's surname was not given in Ellis' source "Less than Zero" novel. Its use here in this film is a direct reference to the author. See more
plays the character of Rip's enforcer in the film. He is only ever referred to as "Bill", but is incorrectly called "Hop" in the end credits. See more
Did you talk to Julian yet?
Clay, I asked you to talk to him.
Okay, I'll call Betty Ford, you want me to get him a room, fine.
No, just talk to him, I mean, he's your friend, too.
It's funny. When you called me, I thought I was coming home to see you.
References Blue Denim
Performed by Manu Dibango
Words & Music by Manu Dibango
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