Better Off Dead was a
romantic comedy released in 1985. It starred 80's
stud John Cusack as Lane Myer. The movie did well
at theatres and was a hit with most critics, although
the powerhouse of Siskel and Ebert gave the film thumbs
down. It is well known that Cusack did not like
the movie when it came out, but he has since lightened
up about it.
movie revolves around Lane Myer (Cusack), a high school
student whose girlfriend, Beth, dumps him for the school
ski team captain, Roy. Lane is devastated, and
figures the only way out, is suicide. Fortunately,
Lane's half-hearted attempts at following through with
his plan never quite work out. In the mix are a
number of other characters, such as members of Lane's
crazy family, his best friend Charles, who will even
snort snow because he cannot get real cocaine, a couple
of Japanese drag racers, and a foreign exchange student
After spending time with Monique, who feigns to not know
English when around her annoying host family, he begins
to forget about Beth. Monique helps Lane fix up
his Camaro, and fix up his self-confidence. In the
end, Lane battles Roy (who stole Beth) on the slopes.
Does he win?