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Less Than Zero (Widescreen)

Andrew McCarthy , Jami Gertz , Marek Kanievska    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
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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

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars To live and die in LA June 22 2004
Format:DVD
Ok, so it might be someone else's film title, but this is one of the essential 80s brat flicks and concerns the said heading in every aspect. Let's get the rubbish out of the way. The plot is twiddled with until it barely resembles the book. A lot of Ellis' humour gets lost in translation. Blair is a brunette unlike her published blonde doppelganger. Hmmm.
That said, Less Than Zero is probably the one film that epitomises the 80s like no other for me. The opening shots, with the Bangles brilliant cover of 'Hazy Shade...' clanging in the background, still invites chills.
Others have written the plot succintly, so I will say that if you want a cold, clinical, no exit look at being a rich, bored teen in LA, search no further. Blair (Jamie Gertz)is deliciously confused, drugged and flakey, and Clay, the solid rock in the middle of his friends' breakdowns is perfectly cast in a youthful Andrew McCarthy. Top honours go to Robert Downey Jnr, spookily playing out his own future as the drug addled Julian with frenetic highs and lows, insincere to himself and broken to his mates, and James Spader as the vile pimp and dealer Rip.
Wonderfully photographed by Edward Lachman, it's simultaneously lush and sparse. If the end scenes don't get you sobbing into a pillow, then take that stone out of your chest and get a heart. Less Than Zero has been unfairly mauled by many, but it stands up today as a film with much more going for it than you may think. For starters, it may be one of the only teen flicks that doesn't make you howl/cringe because of ropey dialogue and cheeseball disco moments. Its 'drugs message' is played out minus politics and simply invites you take a journey with the characters. Death, it seems to say, is inevitable for everyone, some just go a little faster.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Love/Hate Relationship With This Movie June 14 2004
Format:DVD
Perhaps the movie looked better than it was. Maybe the book was better than the film. It could be that there was just something missing.
All told, I wanted to like this film, a lot. All of the pieces are there for a good movie: compelling story line, sympathetic characters, interesting twists. For some reason, however, I was left feeling like something was missing. I just wanted more and I didn't get it.
The movie is not a feel good movie or a preachy movie (although it tries to do so with its drug message), but it does have some great things going for it. The music was excellent, Robert Downey Jr. is very good, and some of the cinematography (especially the last few minutes of the film) was inspired.
Still, you can't overlook some of the problems. The acting is simply uneven. Andrew McCarthy looks as though he is interviewing for a stuffy banking position. The relationship between Julian and his father is never really played out. Rip's henchman looks like a California surfer with an attitude problem, not a bouncer type that is out to do no good. The movie all but says that if you are 18, white, and live in Beverly Hills, your main entertainment venue is snorting cocaine.
For me, this film was truly a love/hate relationship. I simply wanted more to love and less to hate.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Partying in L.A. March 15 2004
Format:DVD
"Less Than Zero" is less than perfect. It tells the story of Julian (Robert Downey Jr.) as a hopeless drug addict (has an actor ever been more natural for the role?). Andrew McCarthy and Jami Gertz are his friends trying to help him. The movie is like a precurser to "Requiem For a Dream", but it is set to a different tune, specificly late 80s pop music like the Go-Gos and the Bangels (I miss those songs). They are in Los Angeles where drugs and partying are a lifestyle, not a recreation. Andrew McCarthy is the streight man, with no drug problem at all. And that is his problem, he is so streight laced that it seems a bit hard to believe that he can empathize with the Downey charactor. Gertz is the recreational user who can still quit if she wants. The problem with her is her decision to quit is a bit sudden and seems fake, only to serve the plot. Downey easily gives the best performance, it is intense and heartfelt and I believed it all the way. I guess he has a lot of experience to fall back on. It is a shame that Mr. Downey can't get his personal life in order, because he is such a talented actor, and I mean that genuinly. James Spader dose what he dose best; playing a creepy drug dealer who lets Downey get $50,000 in the hole before cutting him off. Then Spader has Downey do very dirty jobs to work off his debt. James Spader is just this side of evil, and he is pretty good, I just wish he had gone all the way with his dark character. What was wrong with the movie is two out off three leads; McCarthy and Gertz aren't bad (believe it or not), they just can't compete with Downey's much more challenging role. The movie's end is also a downer, if enevidable. The message of excesse is just too depressing, but powerful in it's own way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A message not to be forgotten Dec 7 2003
Format:DVD
It is hard to find a movie that is adapted from a novel these days that is perfect. Although this movie isnt the best adaption from Bret Easton Ellis' smash novel, it still hits at home hard.
I read the back of the DVD before buying it, and said to my friend that I had a feeling i was going to be disappointed (because it just read like it was a crappy adaption) but i couldnt have been more wrong.
I can't express myself more when I say that humans versus drugs is a losing battle for us. And this movie backs me up greatly.
Just by watching Julian (Downey Jr.) slowly fall into one of his binges is enough to make tears come to your eyes. To watch his friends try and help, and to see they are in a lost cause hurts just as much.
The acting in this movie is awesome. The cast is some of the best teen actors from the middle 80's, and the director hit his mark perfectly. I would think that Ellis' (Less than Zero author) is very proud.
Rather than focusing in on the worthless lives of the young and rich in L.A. as Ellis did in the novel, this flick really just pics three characters from the book and focuses more into their lives over Christmas vacation and what they are doing to themselves.
This movie is incredible. If you enjoy movies like "Requiem for a Dream", and "The Rules of Attraction" (another Ellis adaption), you will love this flick. Don't miss this, if anything, let it be a message to yourself or your teenage children. Heroin is NOT the only drug that kills.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 80s movie!
I love this movie, was glad to find it and the price was awesome. Love Robert Downey Jr, one of his great films!
Published 4 months ago by Crystal D Iwanyk
4.0 out of 5 stars Re: Downeys finest hour
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 more
Published on June 27 2004 by Joe Clay
3.0 out of 5 stars totally different than the book
I read the book 1st then saw the movie and they were totally different. Really only the character's names were the same. Read more
Published on June 11 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars "less than zero"---that's how I rate it!
Bret Easton Ellis' contemporary classic about the spiritual lacking of LA youth is transformed into the biggest "Just Say No" public service announcement. Read more
Published on May 23 2004 by Travis Mamone
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor adaptation of a so-so book
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 more
Published on April 25 2004 by JLind555
2.0 out of 5 stars After School Not-So-Special
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 more
Published on April 16 2004 by Rich
2.0 out of 5 stars What a crappy adaptation
Don't watch this movie expecting to see Bret Easton Ellis's "Less than zero," it is far from that. Read more
Published on April 1 2004 by M. Rinehart
3.0 out of 5 stars An anthem for drug-addled rich kids of the late 80's
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 more
Published on March 2 2004 by Celeste M. Harmer
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst book to movie, I've seen.
I am a huge fan of Bret Eastin Ellis's book: Less than zero. Therefore I figured I should check out the video adaptation of the novel. Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2004 by Hayley Brown
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment
Had I not read the book, maybe this movie wouldn't have been as bad. But the book is a much better alternative. I recommend the book over the movie
Published on Dec 13 2003
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