Better Off Dead
John Cusack, David Ogden Stiers, Kim Darby, Demian Slade, Scooter Stevens, Diane Franklin, Laura Waterbury, Dan Schneider, Yuji Okumoto, Brian Imada, Chuck Mitchell, Amanda Wyss, Curtis Armstrong, Aaron Dozier Update Cast
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Better off Dead is a very funny movie about a teenager, Lane Myer (John Cusack), who is totally obsessed with his fickle girlfriend Beth (Amanda Wyss).
Unfortunately for Lane, she dumps him for the "best skiier" in school, Roy Stallin (Aaron Dozier), whom Lane has lost his skiing crown to, because she wants to "be seen with someone more popular", and Lane becomes depressed.
Beth thinks Lane is a "no show". In fact he's being harrassed by two foreign men, the Asian 'Howard Cosell' brothers, who try to race him at every traffic light, blowing up people's mothers, running from the psycho paper boy Johnny, who wants his two dollars and trying to learn to ski the K-12 mountain.
As his life worsens, Lane tries various ways to kill himself over his obsession but he can't even get that done right. He always seems to chicken out each time.
He also has a younger brother Badger Myer (Scooter Stevens) who picks up trashy women and builds all kinds of strange things throughout the movie.
Meanwhile, across the street a french foreign exchange student, Monique (Diane Franklin), moves in with the "dorkhead" Ricky Smith (Dan Schneider) and his mother (Laura Waterbury).
Poor Monique gets harrassed by the "dorkhead". Everytime she is near him, with Mrs. Smith pushing them into the "international language", Monique plays stupid.
Finally Lane and Monique meet and restore a beautiful Classic Camaro and become friends. While trying the entire time to get Beth back Lane finds out he is not the big loser after all and he really is happier without her...
Make no mistake Better off Dead is a true 80's cult classic with wacky and imaginative humor.
Cusack gives an excellent performance of Lane, the teen on the edge.
Only after multiple viewings will you get to appreciate all the subtle and not so subtle humor and parody in it...
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