Better Off Dead

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"Insanity doesn't run in the family, it gallops."
  • PG
  • 1985
  • 1 hr 37 min
  • 7.1  (45,663)
  • 51

Better Off Dead is a must see classic comedy from the 1980s. Filled with memorable characters, funny misfortunes and hilarious dialogue, this is a movie you'll find yourself quoting for years to come! John Cusack plays Lane Meyer, who goes through a series of misfortunes after his high school girlfriend Beth dumps him for Roy, the captain of the ski team. Feeling his world has crashed in around him, Lane decides he is better off dead and half-heartily finds ways to commit suicide. These attempts are very funny, but they are only part of what makes this movie so great - we can't forget the characters! Lane is surrounded by a slew of memorable characters who really make the movie. It all starts at home with a father trying to find ways of getting through to his teenage son, a mother whose cooking could be best be described as "creative", and a younger brother who silently seems to be plotting world domination. His school and work life include a nerdy next door neighbor/rival, a best friend continually in search of a new high, a boss who doesn't consider cleanliness conducive to his burger business, and the cocky jock Beth dumped Lane for who also has bested Lane's other nemesis - the K-12. Poor Lane just can't seem to get a break! To win back Beth, Lane figures he must best the man who took Beth away from him on Roy's turf, the K-12. To do this he'll experience epic fails on the mountain, broken skis, and a neighborhood paperboy who will stop at nothing until he collects his two dollars. When all is said and done, will Lane get what he wants? You'll have to watch and see and enjoy the journey! Better Off Dead is a movie that everyone should see at least once before their days are done. You won't regret it!

Better Off Dead
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Better Off Dead is a must see classic comedy from the 1980s. Filled with memorable characters, funny misfortunes and hilarious dialogue, this is a movie you'll find yourself quoting for years to come! John Cusack plays Lane Meyer, who goes through a series of misfortunes after his high school girlfriend Beth dumps him for Roy, the captain of the ski team. Feeling his world has crashed in around him, Lane decides he is better off dead and half-heartily finds ways to commit suicide. These attempts are very funny, but they are only part of what makes this movie so great - we can't forget the characters!

Lane is surrounded by a slew of memorable characters who really make the movie. It all starts at home with a father trying to find ways of getting through to his teenage son, a mother whose cooking could be best be described as "creative", and a younger brother who silently seems to be plotting world domination. His school and work life include a nerdy next door neighbor/rival, a best friend continually in search of a new high, a boss who doesn't consider cleanliness conducive to his burger business, and the cocky jock Beth dumped Lane for who also has bested Lane's other nemesis - the K-12. Poor Lane just can't seem to get a break!

To win back Beth, Lane figures he must best the man who took Beth away from him on Roy's turf, the K-12. To do this he'll experience epic fails on the mountain, broken skis, and a neighborhood paperboy who will stop at nothing until he collects his two dollars. When all is said and done, will Lane get what he wants? You'll have to watch and see and enjoy the journey!

Better Off Dead is a movie that everyone should see at least once before their days are done. You won't regret it!

Better Off Dead is a 1985 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 37 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.1 and a MetaScore of 51.

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  • Release Date
    1985
  • MPAA Rating
    PG
  • Runtime
    1 hr 37 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    7.1  (45,663)
  • Metascore
    51