Better Off Dead PG

I’ve been going to this high school for seven and a half years … I’m no dummy.
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item number:  G282
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 37 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: July 16, 2002
  • Originally Released: 1985
  • Label: Paramount
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Stereo - English
  • Interactive Features:
    • Scene Selection
    • Interactive Menus

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring &
Performer: , , , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"Ain't that a shame, throwin' away a perfectly good white boy."

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 26


User Ratings: 55,423
Rating: 4/5 -- I've rarely met anyone who didn't secretly love it passionately. Full Review
Film Threat
Dec 6, 2005
Rating: B+ -- Forget Citizen Kane. As a matter of history, this seminal film is unquestionably the finest work of cinema ever made. Required viewing for all students and fans of the art form.
Aug 12, 2003
strives to be offbeat and sometimes works itself into a sweat doing so. The humor often hits the bullseye, however... Full Review
Kalamazoo Gazette
Jul 31, 2003
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Unfortunately, only about half of the many jokes and gags in the film are actually funny. Full Review
TV Guide
Jul 24, 2007
...[Franklin] is charming as the exchange student trying to win Cusack's heart...
Oct 9, 1985
Mired in this is Cusack ("The Sure Thing"), an unusually adept verbal comedian not so adept (to his credit) at this kind of slapstick. Full Review
Washington Post
Jan 4, 2018
...A sharp satire that foreshadowed films like HEATHERS....It's a freak show that makes adolescence look as painful as you remember it...
Entertainment Weekly
Jun 13, 2003

Product Description:

Lane Myer's (John Cusack) dreams are shattered when his girlfriend Beth (Amanda Wyss) decides she prefers the company of a sleazy ski jock over his own. This disheartening news leads Lane to attempt to take his own life in various ways--all of which never seem to work out. But if he can beat Beth's new boyfriend in a ski run down the treacherous K-12, he may be able to win her back. Along the way, Lane also encounters a beautiful French exchange student, a nasal spray-snorting neighbor, a rabid newspaper boy, and dancing hamburgers. "Savage" Steve Holland (ONE CRAZY SUMMER) directs this 1985 cult favorite.


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  • Sales Rank: 5,160
  • UPC: 097368719149
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