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Less Than Zero Movie Review Summary

Actors: Andrew McCarthy, Jami Gertz, Robert Downey Jr., James Spader

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(Based on the book by Bret Easton Ellis) Clay Easton (McCarthy) is an 18 year old freshman who comes back home from his first semester at a New Hampshire college to spend his Christmas vacation with his wealthy but emotionally distant family in Los Angeles. Once home he meets up with his former girlfriend Blair (Gertz) whom he is still very much in love with. There is some tension between them at first due to the fact that Clay caught Blair in bed with his best friend Julian Wells (Downey Jr.) at Thanksgiving. Blair tells Clay that she's worried about Julian because he is using a lot of cocaine, has become estranged from his father and brother, and owes a lot of money to a drug dealer named Rip (Spader). What follows is parties every night, the reigniting of the flame between Clay and Blair and Clay's attempts to help Julian with his mounting problems. After attempting to reason with Rip and getting nowhere, Clay goes to his father for money in a last ditch effort to rescue Julian.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   rekindling lost love/marriage Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Story of    -   life in drug culture Druggie/drunk problems?    -   drugs

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles Misc setting    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   touching of personal anatomy    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   Some foul language Is this movie based on a    -   book

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