over 4 years
Very silly, sort of terrible in that good way, very very quotable. The Kid liked it.
over 5 years
A pointless movie really, but absolutely hilarious. Love Cusack.
The movie that made me fall in love with John Cusack. Silly delight!
over 6 years
Fun and surreal 80s teen comedy. Where South Park took some inspiration for "Asspen".
almost 7 years
Ridiculously hilarious. The characters are perfect.
Better Off Dead is a 1985 American teen romantic comedy film starring John Cusack and written and directed by Savage Steve Holland. It tells the story of high school student Lane Meyer who is suicidal after his girlfriend breaks up with him.
The story takes place in the fictional town of Greendale in "the state of Northern California" and centers on high-schooler Lane Meyer (John Cusack), whose girlfriend Beth (Amanda Wyss) dumps him for the arrogant and bullying captain of the high school ski team, Roy Stalin. Lane cannot get past this rejection and decides that death is the only way out of his misery. His half-hearted attempts at suicide, however, always fail, with comedic consequences.
Lane's family is odd: his mother (Kim Darby) is a sort of deranged Stepford wife and perhaps the world's worst cook; his genius little brother never speaks but can build lasers and attract trashy women; and his father (David Ogden Stiers) is convinced Lane is using drugs. Lane's best friend, Charles...