Better Off Dead

Starring: John Cusack & Curtis Armstrong Director: Savage Steve Holland  Rated: PG: Parental Guidance Suggested
I've been going to this high school for seven and a half years... I'm no dummy.
Better Off Dead
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 37 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • 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:

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Performer: , , , , , &
Directed by
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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

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

Entertainment Reviews:

Variety - 10/09/1985
"...[Franklin] is charming as the exchange student trying to win Cusack's heart..."
Entertainment Weekly - 06/13/2003
"...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 - 07/22/2011
"[A] wonderfully off-kilter iteration of the typical coming-of-age-and-getting-the-girl movie....Genuinely funny..." -- Grade: A-

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.

Plot Keywords:

Black Comedy | Campus Life | Cult Film | Recommended | Teenage | Theatrical Release | Young Love

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  • Sales Rank: 1,283
  • UPC: 097368719149
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