The Movie Review Guy Best Movies for 2013
Dec 31, 2013
The Top 80 movies from the 1980's in 80 Days ( DAY 72):
9. “Better Off Dead” (1985)
A teenager has to deal with his girlfriend dumping him among family crises, homicidal paper boys, and a rival skier.
John Cusack—Lane Meyer
David Ogden Stiers—Al Meyer
Kim Darby—Jenny Meyer
Demian Slade—Johnny Gasparini
Scooter Stevens—Badger Meyer
Diana Franklin—Monique Junot
Laura Waterbury—Mrs. Smith
Daniel Schneider—Ricky Smith
Yuji Okumoto—Yee Sook Ree
Brian Imada—Chan Ree
Amanda Wyss—Beth Truss
Curtis Armstrong—Charles De Mar
Araon Dozier—Roy Stalin
Savage Steve Holland
Facts about the this movie:
*People protested the film's original tagline, "Sometimes...you're Better Off Dead," so it was changed to "Relax...you're never Better Off Dead."
*When Lane gets home from the dance, he opens his brother's door to find lovely ladies in his room, the camera angle is a classic scene from The Graduate - the lady's legs are spread so we can see the boy in the doorway admiring her.
*According to Savage Steve Holland, the film is mostly autobiographical. Holland really was suicidal when his high school girlfriend left him for captain of the ski team. Also, he really did have a paperboy named Johnny Gasparini who would harass him for two dollars. According to Holland, when the film came out, the ex-girlfriend contacted him to apologize.
*Clint Howard was considered for the part of Ricky Smith.
Why I Picked this movie #9:
1. It is an imaginative, oddball gem.
2. Lovingly realistic of all the worst pain of a teenager life.
3. Awesome chemistry
4. The fact that hey were able to make a movie about suicide and it was rated PG, plus the fact that it was a great and creatively done.
5. The most imaginative movies made in the 1980’s.
6. John Cusack is simply awesome.
7. It is funny has hell.
8. Awesomely different script.
9. Awesome cast.
10. Theme of movie still hold up about, “losing your first true love.”
11. Has some awesome moments.
12. One of the most 1980’s feeling movies. It has the 80’s odd ball charm.
13. Brilliant dark teenage/comedy/romantic movie.
14. This is type of movie that could be only made in the 1980’s, because of the theme plus the rating it got. And that it was so odd ball and got a major studio to fund the movie.
15. When with be so dark that it was able to have cuteness to it.
16. Great dialog and made you think.
17. Diana Franklin, there was just something about her.
18. A great odd ball story.
19. A movie that was a head of time, by the subject matter. Also a little bit with the way it was made.
20. In the top ten of dark comedy ever made.
First time seeing it:
On DVD a few month ago.