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Better Off Dead

PG| 1 hr. 38 min.

Plot Summary
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.

Cast: John Cusack , Diane Franklin , David Ogden Stiers , Kim Darby , Demian Slade , Scooter Stevens , Curtis Armstrong , Amanda Wyss

Director: Savage Steve Holland

Genres: Comedy

Better Off Dead (1985)

Release Date: January 1st, 1985|1 hr. 38 min.

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