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Title:
Better off dead
Author:
Cusack, John, 1966-
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
[Beverly Hills, CA] : Paramount Pictures, [2000,1985]

©2000,1985
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (97 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
After his girlfriend ditches him for a boorish ski jock, Lane decides that suicide is the only answer. However, his increasingly inept attempts only bring him 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.
General Note:
Widescreen version.

Videodisc release of the 1985 motion picture.

Closed-captioned.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
Rated PG.
ISBN:
9780792178965
UPC:
097368719149
Format :
DVD

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Most animation aficionados of the 1990s know "Savage Steve Holland" as the cocreator (with Bill Kopp) of the all-stops-out TV cartoon series Eek! The Cat. But Holland had been exercising his own peculiar brand of deviltry on live characters long before Eek! came into being. In Holland's Better Off Dead, John Cusack plays a lovestruck teenager, hopelessly enamored with Amanda Wyss. When she dumps him in favor of a more popular high-schooler, the boy's entire day quickly goes to Hell. In the words of Hamlet, all occasions do inform against Cusack: he is bullied, tormented and torn apart by everyone from the paperboy (who seemingly turns up everywhere) to the disembodied voice of a radio deejay. Cusack attempts suicide, but his efforts are just as unsuccessful-and amusing-as Bud Cort's in Harold and Maude. Meanwhile, French exchange student Diane Franklin, held a virtual prisoner by her host family, develops a long-distance crush on Cusack. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi