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]
Edition: Widescreen version
ISBN: 9780792178965
0792178963
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (97 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + scene selection guide

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BridgettM
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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mooooks
Mar 31, 2016

How could I have missed watching this? Silly teen comedy featuring a very young and very adorable John Cusack. If you're out of John Hughes films to watch, this will help fill the void. Yeah, I'll say it, SOMEONE GIVE THAT KID A TWOONIE!

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wiredonjava
Nov 28, 2015

Wacky comedy had me walking down memory lane of the 80's 😃.

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Quetzlzacatenango
Jul 31, 2015

Quintessential high school outsider 80's movie. Zany and ridiculous, it contains so many iconic moments and quotes to be repeated ad nauseum. I forced my family to watch it because they didn't understand my references. They loved it and now they know why I want my $2 and why I am shocked that a mountain is pure snow.

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Persnickety77
May 26, 2015

I LOVE this movie! Not as famous as many 80's movies, but totally better than most of them, in my opinion.

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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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