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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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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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PG | See all certifications »

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11 October 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Better Off Dead  »

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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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Trivia

Aaron Dozier insulted Savage Steve Holland before he auditioned for the role of Roy Stalin. "When I came in, I didn't know who 'Savage' Steve was at first," Dozier told Moviefone. "I [looked at one guy and] said, 'Who's this chubby kid?' Turns out, he's the director." Holland remembers Dozier interrupting him as he watched the dailies. "All of a sudden this pompous jerk comes in and says, 'Hey, who's the fat surfer?' And I'm like, 'Wow, who is this?' and they go, 'Savage, this is the guy coming in for Roy Stalin.' And I'm like, 'You have the part! You're perfect.'" See more »

Goofs

When Charles exclaims "the whole mountain is pure snow" and supposedly inhales a big snort of it, you can see the snow slipping through his fingers onto the ground as he lets it fall. See more »

Quotes

Rocko: You look pretty stupid to me.
Lane Myer: Thank you.
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Crazy Credits

The last line of the credits reads The film's over... you can go now. See more »


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Like To Get To Know You Well
Written by Howard Jones (1985)
Performed by Howard Jones
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I've watched this film about 7 times and I'm no dummy!
17 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

Better Off Dead is a spoof takeoff of the John Hughes' eighties films about teen angst. John Cusack plays wonderfully as Lane Myer who had an obsessive relationship with his ex girlfriend, Beth, who breaks up the relationship for somebody better. Miserable, he tries to kill himself several times without failure. As his friend played brilliantly by Curtis Armstrong tells him "Suicide is not the answer" and lines like "I've been going to high school for 7 years, I'm no dummy." While Lane depresses over his adolescence existence in a small northern California town, the laughs just keep getting better. His mother is obsessed with cooking. The father sets him up with a date when he worries his son is going insane. On top of all that, Lane is being hunted down by an unpaid paper boy who will stop at nothing to get his $2.00 and surprisingly, he finds love under his nose. I have to say this movie will leave you wanting more and more.


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