A&M Films released Better Off Dead to theaters on October 11, 1985. Savage Steve Holland directs the film which stars John Cusack, David Ogden Stiers, and Kim Darby.
‘Better Off Dead’ Synopsis
Better Off Dead begins with a teenage John Cusack (Lane Meyer) waking up in his disturbing bedroom wallpapered by pictures of his one true love Beth. This sets the stage for the theme of the movie, winning the heart of the superficial, hot, blond bitch which will make your life complete, and the title of the movie, better off than being dead.
Enter the love rival, Roy Stalin, the blond-haired, square-jawed, 25-year-old, douche bag, high school student, who has been charged with selecting the high school skiing team based on his ability to ski the infamous K12 run. He wastes no time in cheating Lane out of his position on the team and stealing his true love, Beth, all in one scene.
Lane is now in a self-loathing, suicidal funk. Little does he know that the real love of his life is the French foreign exchange student across the street, Monique, who is currently held captive by a woman straight out of Jersey Shore who is a coddling, controlling mother of Ricky, the fat, anti-social retard (I shouldn’t use that word).read full summary
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