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Better Off Dead (Widescreen)

John Cusack , David Ogden Stiers , Savage Steve Holland    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
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Cusack/Stiers/Darby/Slade/Stevens/Franklin ~ Better Off Dead (1985)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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John Cusack has done some campy flicks One Crazy Summer and Better Off Dead. This one far exceeds the first. There are so many funny scenes I don't know where to begin. The soundtrack although disappointing on the CD will not disappoint on the DVD. Too bad no additional footage or goodies like that. To me this was John Cusacks best movie.
Favorite Moments (Close your eyes and remember)
1) CHRISTMAS! DO THEY HAVE CHRISTMAS IN FRANCE? CHRISSSSMASSS! Opens picture of Ricky and goes outside and laughs for about 5 minutes on the front step.
2) TWO DOLLARS, PLUS TIP! I don't think there can ever be a more evident line for a movie than this. All you have to say to someone is "TWO DOLLARS!" Chances are if they saw this flick they will say "BETTER OFF DEAD".
3) "DUDE, RIGHT NOW I CAN BE MAKING SOME KILLER EGGNOG FROM LIGHTER FLUID!" "CHICKS WILL GET STERILE JUST LOOKING AT YOU" "BUCK UP LITTLE TROOPER" Charles Demar or Booger as you may have come to know him steals the scene on several occassions.
The funny thing is he teams up with Cusack again in One Crazy Summer.
5) IT'S GOT RAISINS IN IT, YOU LIKE RAISINS - With that the green slime crawls off of its plate and across the table.
I could go on for hours, do yourself a favor and buy this movie! If you want to remember the eighties all over again this will bring it all back home. A great cast, script and many, many laughs. Also check out One Crazy Summer, along the same lines.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review #143 (and that should tell you something) March 11 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This is a great movie to have around for those nights when you really don't want to think about how it is, but would rather think about how it was. 143 people can't be wrong. John Cusak might be the most easily identified with actor of my generation, (with apologies to Jon Cryer, who makes a good race out of it.) The first time I saw it in the cheap local theater I almost suffered an incontinent moment when Layne (Lane?) uttered, "Gee, I'm sorry your mom blew up, Ricky." It's lines like that, scenes like David Ogden Stiers in the reindeer head coat, and the only known soundtrack appearance of Van Halen's "Everybody Wants Some" that make me go back for this one again and again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie with John Cusak the way he should be May 28 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
One of my favorite movies from my teens. Worth every minute. He should be in comedy to this day.
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3.0 out of 5 stars go VHS over DVD on this one Jan. 7 2004
By J. Hall
I sit here at work and read the reviews that proceeded mine and notice something. Some people "get" it. Some don't. The question that comes from this is "Are the people who sit and wait for that sublime moment when Ricky half jumps trying to catch his balloon and then rewind, watch it again, rewind, watch it again, rewind... somehow better than everyone else?" The answer is a sad but definite yes.
If you honestly watch this movie hoping to be enthralled by its plot, cinematography, and acting performances, you quite possibly are a moron. That's not what this movie is about. It's about the "international language." It's about learning the street value of a mountain and where to score some nasal spray. It's about beating some Korean kids off the line (one who speaks Howard Cosel while the other speaks no English at all) without having you dental plan activated. I make no attempt to try and convince you that this is a great movie. It is what it is. I will however give you this bit of advice, look for the little things. Look for the timing as Lane comes oh so close to eating the spoon full of cat food as he ponders the possibility of it all being just a big test. See Charles mouthing to his fetal pig (or whatever it is) in the jar to "WAKE UP!" as the camera pans by. Sure it has great lines. Sure it has funny moments. But the point I'm trying to make is that you will not enjoy this movie as much the first, second, or third time as you will the 15th, 16th and 17th. It's just that kind of flick.
As far as the DVD version goes, I would have to tell people to stick to the VHS. While obviously the picture and sound qualities are better it lacks the feel that comes from the haze of a worn out VCR. In moving back to the wide screen, much of the intimate feel is lost because this is never a movie that needs to open up and show the world. Live in its smallness. Embrace it. And most importantly, take it for what it is. No more. No less.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest movie ever? Just maybe. June 21 2003
I don't like many '80's movies, and I like even fewer teen movies. However, I'm more than willing to make an exception in the case of "Better Off Dead." No matter how many times I watch it, this movie just won't stop being funny. It's a dead-on examination of high-school alienation and suburban depression, with a twisted sense of humor that separated it from overrated (in my opinion) '80's movies like "Risky Business" and "The Breakfast Club."
In the role he was seemingly born to play, John Cusack performs the lead role of Lane Myer, a high school student driven to the brink of suicide after the girlfriend he's obsessed with dumps him for the more popular ski team captain. Lane is essentially a human punching bag, with little indignities and embarassments piling up on him until his life becomes intolerable. He has a weird passive-aggressive quality about him, suffering mainly in silence even as his frustrations mount and he tries to figure out a way to improve his lot. To some viewers, Lane might seem like a baby who exaggerates his problems, but anyone with fresh memories of suffering through high school knows better. Lane is such a relatable and enduring character precisely because during your teen years everything often seems like a matter of life and death.
What really makes the movie, though, is the collection of screwball characters and director Savage Steve Holland's keen eye for inspired details. "Better Off Dead" is filled with little bizarre elements that may not have much of anything to do with the plot, but they'll make you laugh. Lane's little brother builds elaborate futuristic contraptions and studies (with great success) the art of picking up trashy women. Lane's math class sits in rapt attention as their teacher explains a geometry problem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pleased with my purchase
I was happy with how quickly my purchase was processed and shipped.I had a very positive experience with this purchase.
Published 22 months ago by lee-ann shortt
5.0 out of 5 stars So happy!!!!!
Product as described!!! Excellent!!!! Received it sooner than expected! This movis is hard to find, so I've been looking for a long time. Very happy!
Published 23 months ago by Gwen
2.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the Past!
Comedy seldom stands the test of time, such is the case with this early Cusack vehicle. I remember seeing this film when it was first released and fondly reminiscing about how... Read more
Published on May 15 2012 by Bobo
4.0 out of 5 stars classic Cusack
For the two Asians (one of which has learned all the English he knows from Howard Cosell on Wide World of Sports) who constantly drag race Cusack, this flick is worth the price of... Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2012 by Brian Maitland
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, stupid movie
This is a great rainy day movie, in other words: a movie you don't need to think about too much that'll still make you smile. Read more
Published on March 2 2004 by Jeanne-Erin
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie rocks
This movie is similar to movies like Summer Catch and One Crazy Summer but I feel it is the best comedy movie for teenagers ever made.
Published on Feb. 18 2004 by "mychoiceisgood"
5.0 out of 5 stars I could see this movie again and again!
I truly feel this is a cult classic comedy. Perhaps the underdog comedy of the 80's. You really need to watch it a couple of times to catch some of the subtle lines you may... Read more
Published on Dec 8 2003 by Dean A Southee
5.0 out of 5 stars The best '80s teen movie
I'm a sucker for a lot of the '80s teen movies--Ferris Bueller, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Breakfast Club, etc--but Better Off Dead is my absolute favorite. Read more
Published on Nov. 17 2003 by redSG
BOD is a silly but hilariously warming romp through teenage romance and all the anguish that goes with it. Read more
Published on Nov. 3 2003 by Shashank Tripathi
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