Better Off Dead
I’ve been going to this high school for seven and a half years … I’m no dummy.
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- 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
- Dolby Digital Stereo - English
- Interactive Features:
- Scene Selection
- Interactive Menus
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||John Cusack & Curtis Armstrong|
|Performer:||David Ogden Stiers, Amanda Wyss, Kim Darby, Diane Franklin, Dan Schneider, Scooter Stevens & Chuck Mitchell|
|Directed by||Savage Steve Holland|
|Edited by||Alan Balsam|
|Screenwriting by||Savage Steve Holland|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"Ain't that a shame, throwin' away a perfectly good white boy."
Rating: 4/5 -- I've rarely met anyone who didn't secretly love it passionately. Full Review
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.
strives to be offbeat and sometimes works itself into a sweat doing so. The humor often hits the bullseye, however... Full Review
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Unfortunately, only about half of the many jokes and gags in the film are actually funny. Full Review
...[Franklin] is charming as the exchange student trying to win Cusack's heart...
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
...A sharp satire that foreshadowed films like HEATHERS....It's a freak show that makes adolescence look as painful as you remember it...
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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