Better Off Dead

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Better Off Dead is an anarchic mix of black humor and surreal comedy, anchored by John Cusack's winsome, charming performance.

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Lane Meyer (John Cusack) is a teen with a peculiar family and a bizarre fixation with his girlfriend, Beth (Amanda Wyss). When Beth dumps Lane, he decides to kill himself, making bumbling attempts at suicide. Outside of his morbid endeavors, Lane spends time with his oddball buddy, Charles (Curtis Armstrong), and befriends Monique (Diane Franklin), a visiting French student. Eventually, Lane resolves to race Beth's obnoxious new beau on the ski slopes, with unexpected results.

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Critic Reviews for Better Off Dead

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Audience Reviews for Better Off Dead

  • Apr 18, 2014
    The cult '80s teen comedy Better Off Dead delivers some laughs but is unfocused. After his girlfriend breaks up with him Lane Myer losses his will to live, but comes up with a plan to win her back by skiing down the infamous K-12 mountain slope. Unfortunately, the plot is packed with tangents and superfluous subplots that don't payoff. Additionally, there's very little character development. Yet, the film has a good cast that includes John Cusack, Amanda Wyss, and Curtis Armstrong. And there are some fun comedy bits that work really well. It's held back by a weak script, but Better Off Dead does have its moments.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • May 10, 2012
    Better Off Dead is an incredibly strange film, and there's no getting around that. If you're willing to accept its ridiculous antics as products of a bygone age in cinema (whether that be good or bad) and just enjoy the ride at hand, you'll have a good time while it lasts.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer
  • Apr 20, 2012
    Things only started picking up when John Cusack stared hanging out with the pseudo-French girl. She was really adorable.
    Jennifer X Super Reviewer
  • Aug 10, 2011
    It's not a perfect comedy, but its over the top and surreal comedy make for a hilarious at times film worth a watch!
    Chris B Super Reviewer

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