Year of Release: 1985
Director: Savage Steve Holland
Approx. Running Time: 97 minutes
My Rating: 2 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
"An inventive, oddball gem... lovingly recreates all the worst traumas of teenage life."
-The Los Angeles Times
Writer/director Savage Steve Holland says "Better Off Dead" is semi-autobiographical. After his high school love ditched him, he picked up an 8-millimeter camera and made some depressing movies that had the exact opposite effect on his friends - they laughed.
After his girlfriend (Amanda Wyss) ditches him for a boorish ski jock, Lane (John Cusack) decides that suicide is the only answer. However, his increasingly inept attempts bring him only more agony and embarrassment. Filled with the wildest teen nightmares, a family you can't help but identify with and a host of wonderful comic characters, Savage Steve Holland's writing/directorial debut is a masterful look at those painfully funny teen years.
As much as I love John Cusack and wanted to like this movie, it just came across to me as being, well, stupid. Seriously, if you want a good teen dramedy, watch The Breakfast Club or Heathers, but don't bother with this.
Rated PG (MPAA)