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Less Than Zero (1987)

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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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Clay, an eighteen-year-old freshman, comes back from his first term at Princeton 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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6 November 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Corrupción en Beverly Hills  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,008,987, 8 November 1987, Wide Release

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$12,396,383
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Some of the film's english translations of this film's foreign film titles, according to the "Robert Downey Jr. Film Guide" website, were as follows: "Argentina: Corrupción en Beverly Hills (Corruption in Beverly Hills); Brazil: Abaixo de Zero (Less than Zero); Denmark: Livet i overhalingsbanen (Life in the Fast Lane); Finland: Alta Nollan (Under Nothing); France: Neige sur Beverly Hills (Snow on Beverly Hills); Germany: Unter Null (Under Zero); Israel: Young in Trap (English translation); Italy: Al Di Là Di Tutti i Limiti (Beyond All the Limits); Poland: Mniej Niz Zero (Less Than Zero); Spain: Golpe al Sueño Americano (A Blow to the American Dream); [and] Sweden: Noll Att Förlora (Nothing to Lose)". See more »

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Red Corvette is missing radio antenna in some scenes. See more »

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Rip: I'm not the problem here. Julian is the problem.
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Performed by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Written by Pete Gage (as Peter Gage)
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Excellent
4 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

Ignore the negativity about the comparison to the book. If you want a book review, go to Amazon.

As a film it does what it does magnificently; thru and thru, from extreme to sublime via ridiculous - but as many point out, if you witnessed any clubbing in LA in the '80s, or any of 'the scene', then this movie holds an unpleasant mirror up to those views.

RDJ is simply brilliant. McC & Gertz fantastic. Spader, preparatively oily.

10/10 for this one folks. Anything less is discussing the % of the cut, to be honest.

*Sniff*


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