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Better Off Dead... (1985)

A teenager has to deal with his girlfriend dumping him among family crises, homicidal paper boys, and a rival skier.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lane Meyer
... Al Meyer
... Jenny Meyer
Demian Slade ... Johnny Gasparini
Scooter Stevens ... Badger Meyer
... Monique Junet
... Mrs. Smith
... Ricky Smith (as Daniel Schneider)
... Yee Sook Ree
Brian Imada ... Chen Ree
... Rocko
... Beth Truss
... Charles De Mar
Aaron Dozier ... Roy Stalin
Frank Burt Avalon ... Roy's Ski Buddy #1
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The teenager Lane Meyer has a crush on his girlfriend Beth Truss. When Beth dumps him to stay with the successful skier Roy Stalin, Lane is depressed and decides to commit suicide. However he gives up and tries to improve his skill of skier to ski the dangerous K12 slope to impress Beth. Meanwhile his neighbor Mrs. Smith receives the exchange French student Monique Junot and her fat son Ricky Smith considers Monique his girlfriend; however, Monique has an unrequited crush on Lane that does not note her. When Lane stumbles upon Monique in a high-school party, he befriends her. The upset Lane challenges Roy in a competition on the K12 slope but then he regrets. However Monique is a great mechanic and skier, and fix Lane's Camaro and teaches him how to ski the K12 slope. What will happen to Lane? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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You've blown up your neighbor's mom. Your seven-year-old brother has better luck with women than you do. Your girlfriend has a new boyfriend. Relax, you're never... See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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11 October 1985 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$56,371, 25 August 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,297,601

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,297,601, 31 December 1985
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1.85 : 1
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Diane Franklin plays a character named Jenny Meyers in a 2013 short film titled Lovechild. Lane Meyer's mothers name is Jenny. See more »

Goofs

When Lane and Monique set the Camaro's air filter in place, there is no threaded stud there for them to screw the wing nut onto. They just pretend to screw the nut on. See more »

Quotes

Lane Myer: [at 54:05] What's that?
Rocko: Those are the keys to this establishment. I want you here at 6:00AM Saturday morning. Now, this place has to be swept and mopped up before the breakfast crew get here.
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As the credits roll, Badger's home-built space shuttle launches through the roof of the garage and soars into the night sky. See more »

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Mannish Boy
Written by Bo Diddley (as Ellis McDaniel), Melvin London (as Mel London), and Muddy Waters (as McKinley Morganfield)
Performed by Muddy Waters
Courtesy of Blue Sky Records
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4 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

The teenager Lane Meyer (John Cusack) has a crush on his girlfriend Beth Truss (Amanda Wyss). When Beth dumps him to stay with the successful skier Roy Stalin (Aaron Dozier), Lane is depressed and decides to commit suicide. However he gives up and tries to improve his skill of skier to ski the dangerous K12 slope to impress Beth. Meanwhile his neighbor Mrs. Smith (Laura Waterbury) receives the exchange French student Monique Junot (Diane Franklin) and her fat son Ricky Smith (Daniel Schneider) considers Monique his girlfriend; however, Monique has an unrequited crush on Lane that does not note her. When Lane stumbles upon Monique in a high-school party, he befriends her. The upset Lane challenges Roy in a competition on the K12 slope but then he regrets. However Monique is a great mechanic and skier, and fix Lane's Camaro and teaches him how to ski the K12 slope. What will happen to Lane?

"Better off Dead" is a cute romantic comedy even thirty-one years later. The story is funny and there are hilarious situations. Further this film has not aged and entertains. Maybe the greatest difference is that in the viewer that enjoyed this cult-movie in 1985 now is able to understand much more Lane's father attitudes. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Minha Vida é um Desastre" ("My Life Is a Disaster")


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