Better Off Dead Movie Review Summary

Actors: John Cusack, Curtis Armstrong,

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High school student played by John Cusack is heartbroken and suicidal after losing "the love of his life" to the captain of the ski team. He obsesses over his loss of her, and his every attempt to overcome his depression and sense of defeat ends in utter humiliation. He then enlists his gross and geeky friends to help him win her back by attempting to beat the gorgeous, conceited ski captain in a race set for the following month.
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During this time the humiliation at the hands of cruel fate continue to grow as he is forced to take a job which requires him to wear a pig snout at the local hangout, and deal with his family who in his vivid and over-active imagination is attempting to ruin his life even further.

It is while he attempts to win back his fickle girlfriend's heart that he meets a french foreign exchange student living across the street with a truly twisted family who not only teaches him to ski, but teaches him what a trophy true love can be.
The review of this Movie prepared by Stephanie Darling

Film spends alot of time dealing with the main character overcoming a bad breakup with a girl. Eventually, he finds a better girl and finds his potential..Lots of funny suicide scenes and stupid accidents.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   spurned lover goes for revenge Kind of sports story:    -   skiing Sports story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   California Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Mountains:    -   skiing off Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids    -   sinister, like an X-Files Gomer Pyle Misc setting    -   school    -   sports arena

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture Any profanity?    -   None    -   Occasional swearing

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