Better Off Dead

Better Off Dead

DVD - 2002
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After his girlfriend ditches him for a boorish ski jock, Lane decides that suicide is the only answer. However, his increasingly inept attempts only bring him more agony and embarrassment.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Paramount Pictures, c2002
ISBN: 9780792178965
0792178963
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (97 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Shellie1_us
Jul 23, 2019

The movie handles various teenage issues with broad humor and employs comics, Claymation, and slapstick. Lane loses his adored girlfriend to a cheating school rival/ ski champ. His family is no help: his mother is busy cooking bizarre meals, his little brother is a genius with a postal addiction, and the father has a running feud with the fearless paperboy who's bad aim keeps the glass glaziers in business. Lane has a devoted friend who's been 7+ years in high school. The Asian brothers who dress, and sound like Howard Cosell constantly try to drag race with Lane are quite funny. The new French girl in the neighborhood maybe what Lane needs to push Lane to attempt the ski contest his evil rival suggests, besides fix his muscle car, and forget Beth his old girlfriend. A sweet goofy movie that is perfect for family movie night.

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iloveseaotters
May 24, 2019

Silly and maybe even a little stupid, I love this movie! John Cusack is wonderful as Lane, who feels that his life is over when he is dumped by his girlfriend. En route to ending it all, however, he encounters obstacles that may just persuade him to change his mind!

bibliosopher Feb 24, 2019

Hilarious cult classic on a high school romance gone awry. Get off the ski slopes and brush up on your International language of love.

ArapahoeRebekah Jul 20, 2018

Angsty teenager Lane Meyer (John Cusack) has just been unceremoniously and abruptly dumped by his girlfriend, Beth (played by Nightmare on Elm Street's Amanda Wyss), and decides that life without her is no longer worth living. But like most teenagers, he eventually understands that there are other fish in the sea! In my opinion, Better Off Dead is a must-see 80s movie. It's wacky, fun, hilarious, and heartfelt all at the same time. Word of warning: Lane's breakup causes him to be suicidal, and although the subject is handled lightly and with plenty of humor, this movie may be a tough one for some.

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Matinee
Dec 30, 2017

I can't think of any better way to say this other than that some people should avoid this movie due to the suicide attempts included. If you can overlook those scenes or see humor in them and also enjoy really ridiculous humor (Sixteen Candles, Dumb and Dumber and Wet Hot American Summer come to mind), this is a very funny winter movie and teen comedy. Fun fact: Kim Darby, John Cusack's mother in this movie, played Mattie Ross (the teenage girl) in the original True Grit. Better Off Dead is rated PG, but is probably best for teens and up.

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ridley1976
Dec 20, 2017

Is it me or is this where Seth Macfarlane got the idea for Family Guy? Akward family (with cutaways), brilliant youngest child.....etc....??

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glenna14
Dec 15, 2017

Whenever anyone asks for $2 I always think of this movie.
Classic 80's cool crowd vs. the misfit. Life is hard for Lane when is younger brother is partying with older women and his mum wears an Aardvark suit.

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LESeymour
Nov 30, 2017

Ummm... I don't think I get what others see in this. I really adore Curtis Armstrong but the humor is so forced, and you can see it coming that I could only say ... I'D be Better Off Dead and than watching this...

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janetw11
Nov 06, 2017

One of my favorite 80's movies. Have to revisit it every so often. Definitely my favorite John Cusack film. "I want my two dollars." I'll never forget that line. And for another offbeat, fun film, also from 1985, please try "Real Genius" with Val Kilmer. Have seen it countless times and love it!! KCLS has it.

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SarahDormat
Dec 05, 2016

"Go that way, really fast. If something gets in your way... TURN!"

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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 07, 2016

i want my two dollars!

laustcawz Jul 23, 2012

"Language lessons."

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Monolith
Apr 26, 2012

Paperboy: "TWO DOLLARS!!!"

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Monolith
Apr 26, 2012

Charles De Mar: "Suicide is never the answer, little trooper."

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Monolith
Apr 26, 2012

Mailman: "What's a little boy like you doing with big boy smut like this?"

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Monolith
Apr 26, 2012

Lane Myer: "Gee, I'm really sorry your mom blew up, Ricky. Guess she won't be able to eat any spicy foods for awhile."

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Monolith
Apr 26, 2012

Lane Myer: "Two brothers... One speaks no English, the other learned English from watching "The Wide World of Sports." So you tell me... Which is better, speaking no English at all, or speaking Howard Cosell?"

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Monolith
Apr 26, 2012

Jenny Myer: "Hello Lane. How was your day?" Lane Myer: "Beth broke up with me." Jenny Myer: "Oh, heh, that's nice."

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Monolith
Apr 26, 2012

Jenny Myer: (referencing the blob of food) "It's got raisins in it... you like raisins."

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Monolith
Apr 26, 2012

Charles De Mar: (giving skiing instructions) "Go that way, really fast. If something gets in your way, turn."

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ElainaL
Jan 13, 2014

ElainaL thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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jessadam2
Jun 05, 2011

Cheesy, but cute & sometimes funny movie. released in 1985. I liked 'The sure Thing ' a lot better. But the Camero is awesome. I think it's a 67'

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bibliosopher Feb 25, 2019

Other: While the suicide scenes are filmed lightly and in a humorous context, may not be appropriate for all viewers.

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