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Lenny Brown moves to California to find his fortune in tax shelter investments. When the federal government changes the tax laws, poor Lenny finds himself $700,000 in hock with nowhere to turn. His friend, Joel, introduces him to cocaine to give Lenny that needed "boost". What ensues next is a descent into drug addiction and insanity as Lenny tries to regain control of his life, all the while needing that extra "boost". Written by Humberto Amador

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Imagine having all the power, passion and pleasure money can buy. Now imagine losing them. See more »

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23 December 1988 (USA)  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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$784,990 (USA)
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This movie is based on a book by Ben Stein of Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) fame. The book, published in 1983, is titled "'Ludes: A Ballad of the Drug and the Dream" and is about the abuse of Quaaludes (methaqualone) rather than cocaine as in the movie. Supposedly based on a friend of Stein's who met his ruin through the abuse of Quaaludes in the 70's and 80's, the action in the movie follows almost exactly the action of the book, even down to some of the dialogue. See more »

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When Lenny and Linda are in the pool, we see Linda from behind, and her wet hair is completely swept back behind her right ear, but as the camera angle changes to a front view, her right ear is now half-covered with wet hair. See more »

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Lenny: [to Linda] I swear to God, people here can't WAIT to lay off their money. It's not to be believed! God, why did we take so long to find this place? We're gonna be RICH, you hear me? RICH!
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Should be a midnight camp classic
21 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

James Woods wasn't just chewing the scenery around him -- he ate the props, the lights and despite being filmed in 2D, popped out in 3D! He starts off playing a sober man, even though he seems to be juggling tics, explosive gestures and has eyeballs that seem ready to pop out of his sockets. Then 20 minutes into this flick, his character gets hooked on coke and the real comedy begins. His downward trajectory of drug addiction is the stuff of comedy gold. Then there is Sean Young as his loyal coke-head wife which is unintentional hilarity! Her delivery of the line "I thought I was going to have to get an abortion" with a smile -- is so amazingly misguided and funny -- it belongs on midnight screenings with drunken audience members throwing stuff at the screen. I don't know how I haven't watched this train wreck of a film until tonight -- but if you want to point and laugh at one of the worst movies ever, look no further than THE BOOST.


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