Returning home from college for Christmas vacation, Clay (Andrew McCarthy) is eager to resume his long-time romantic relationship with Blair (Jami Gertz) and his old friendship with the irresponsible Julian (Robert Downey, Jr.). But he finds the two have started a relationship of their own and developed a fondness for clubs, wild parties and endless amounts of cocaine. Clay's determination and love for Blair enables him to win her back, but Julian is a different story. Increasingly hopeless, addicted and deeply in debt to his dealer (James Spader), he puts Clay and Blair through the ultimate test of friendship, loyalty and love.
Dreary, pointless late-'80s novel by literary poseur Bret Easton Ellis focused on listless, shiftless, drug-sniffing, sex-swapping, dead-end California teens with too much money and time on their hands. Which just about sums up this movie, though it's not nearly as interesting as that. This is mostly due to the ridiculously cleaned-up script and lifeless direction, which whitewashes the baser depravity and replaces it with perversion-lite and fashion shows. It doesn't help that director Marek Kanievska is saddled with Brat Pack lesser (make that least) lights Andrew McCarthy and Jami Gertz. The only things that lift this film above the muck are the performances by James Spader as a particularly heinous drug dealer and Robert Downey Jr. as a rich-kid addict with no self-control. --Marshall Fine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Love this movie! James Spade is great in it! Robert Downey is so convincing as a drug addict!Published 3 months ago by rufas
I love this movie, was glad to find it and the price was awesome. Love Robert Downey Jr, one of his great films!Published 16 months ago by Crystal D Iwanyk
Two words apply to this movie: Robert Downey. He gives an incredible performance as Julian a drug addicted pal of two old high school friends. Read morePublished on June 27 2004 by Joe Clay
I read the book 1st then saw the movie and they were totally different. Really only the character's names were the same. Read morePublished on June 11 2004
Bret Easton Ellis' contemporary classic about the spiritual lacking of LA youth is transformed into the biggest "Just Say No" public service announcement. Read morePublished on May 23 2004 by Travis Mamone
What made Bret Easton Ellis's "Less Than Zero" an interesting, if less than compelling, read, was its portrayal of the anomie and emptiness of the Brat Pack of southern... Read morePublished on April 25 2004 by JLind555
This movie took out everything that was urgent and disturbing about the book and then gloosed it over into a Paula Abdul video minus MC Skat Cat but adding a few drug scences. Read morePublished on April 16 2004 by Rich
Don't watch this movie expecting to see Bret Easton Ellis's "Less than zero," it is far from that. Read morePublished on April 1 2004 by M. Rinehart
When this movie debuted in 1987, I remember that it was really hyped, so much so that I thought it was destined to be a classic. Read morePublished on March 2 2004 by Celeste M. Harmer