Better Off Dead details
|Starring:||John Cusack, David Ogden Stiers, Kim Darby, Diane Franklin, Curtis Armstrong|
|Director:||Savage Steve Holland|
|Studio:||PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
Better Off Dead
|Run time:||1 hour 33 minutes|
|Rental release:||02 Feb 2004|
Most helpful review
Bonkers . .By Flex Torso from Barnsdale , 18 Aug 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]This film was a long time being released and it will be a welcome surprise to people who rediscover it.
Its one of the great 80's rights of passage flicks, which Cusack manages with aplombe and a certain amount of style.
Cusack plays Lane Myer, who is trying desparately to win back his girlfriend - Beth.
The movie has some really offbeat/surreal comedy subtexts; his Mum's cooking, the Frankenstein creature he creates out of a hamburger, his 11 year old Brother's experiments with Laser weapons, building a space shuttle, and his predilection and success at attracting trashy women etc etc.
They all combine to make a superb feel-good movie that is still great to watch.
Some memorable quotes:
'Its a damn shame to be throwin a perfectly good white boy away like that'
Charles de Mar about snow - 'I think . . Ive deadened . . . the left side of my brain. Do you realise the street value of this stuff?'
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Oh dearBy Charliesorbit (8 reviews) from Helston , 09 Jan 2013We lasted 8 long minutes and that was generous... dire 80s teen comedy which would presumably be buried by now if it didn't feature a young John Cusack.
Noooooo!!!!!!! My childhood ruined!!!!By 1mper1um (52 reviews) , 28 Feb 2012I remember this kid on the trailers of my video rentals back in the 80s. It always looked really funny but unfortunately was not stocked at any of my local video shops. As I grew up I longed to see this film and it became almost legend - a hark back to my youth and the great, subversise teen comedies of the day.
So I was excited to see it finally released on DVD.
But now I know why it soon faded from VHS.
This film is not very good. Mildly funny in places. Downright terrible in quite a few (the stop-motion, singing burger bun playing a Van Halen guitar springs to mind).
Thin plots are not nevcessarily a bad thing. The Transporter, for one, was very enjoyable. But the story here is so wafer thin that the film regularly descends into daydreams so as to fill the running time up. Take these out and you end up with a 60 minute film max.
The romantic love interest wasn't fleshed out enough for us to care and just when it did somethign right, the film would ruin it will childish things like the green goo food or the next door neighbour blowing herself up.
I am soooo crushed. My memories have been tainted!
You can't go back.By oli74 (44 reviews) from firstname.lastname@example.org , 01 Aug 2011I saw this film as a child and thought it was hilarious, how things change with time. I think Better off dead sort of defines John Cusack's career, couldn't carry a film then and still can't! Jokes are poor and have dated badly.
WAS THIS A COMEDY?!By OPENTHEPODBAYDOORHAL (24 reviews) from Wiltshire , 27 Jan 2011I'd read hugely mixed and diverse reviews for this and was prepared to give it a chance to tickle my chuckle muscle. That lasted about fifteen minutes of sitting through the biggest load of twaddle I'd seen in a long time. The only time I grinned was when my wife grabbed the remote and ejected the DVD.
old memoriesBy a customer from irvine , 28 Mar 2010I remembered this film fondly from my youth, but oh how our tastes must change. Definately for the less mature watcher.