Better Off Dead...

Synopsis: The teenager Lane Meyer has a crush on his girlfriend Beth Truss. When Beth dumps him to stay with the successful skier Roy Stalin, Lane is depressed and decides to commit suicide. However he gives up and tries to improve his skill of skier to ski the dangerous K12 slope to impress Beth. Meanwhile his neighbor Mrs. Smith receives the exchange French student Monique Junot and her fat son Ricky Smith considers Monique his girlfriend; however, Monique has an unrequited crush on Lane that does not note her. When Lane stumbles upon Monique in a high-school party, he befriends her. The upset Lane challenges Roy in a competition on the K12 slope but then he regrets. However Monique is a great mechanic and skier, and fix Lane's Camaro and teaches him how to ski the K12 slope. What will happen to Lane?
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Production: CBS Entertainment Production
 
IMDB:
7.2
Metacritic:
51
Rotten Tomatoes:
78%
PG
Year:
1985
97 min
1,807 Views


Don't listen to Stalin, kid.

He's a punk.

Now, you show 'em, Rock.

You show 'em how a skier

really skis.

- We're sending him down.

- That's a roger. Counting down.

Drei, fry. Go!

Too bad. Real close. Next.

Listen. I think we should talk.

We've been seeing an awful lot

of each other lately...

and I really think

it's in my best interest...

if I went out

with someone more popular...

better looking,

drives a nicer car.

Six months! Six months,

and she dumps me for him.

For Stalin. Just like that.

Six damn months!

Truly a sight to behold...

a man beaten.

The once-great champ...

now a study in mawkishness.

No longer

the victory-hungry stallion...

- All right.

- We've raced so many times before...

but a pathetic...

washed-up, aged ex-champion.

Let's go!

Someone's gonna see God.

I'm gonna break

your goddamn neck!

Get outta the car!

Get outta the car!

Hello. How was your day?

- Beth broke up with me.

- That's nice.

We're through. That's it.

What the hell?

Wait a minute here.

Wait. This is death here.

I haven't even been

to New York City.

Jesus. I haven't

even been anywhere.

Suicide is never the answer,

little trooper.

Greendale is a bodaciously

small town.

It's a flyspeck on the map...

a rest stop on the way

to a ski slope.

I can't even get real drugs

here.

Stalin's a hero, the only one

in this town who can ski the K-12.

You're a great skier,

but he's incredible.

What if I ski the K-12?

You think she'd take me back?

I'm back to suicide again.

I think we're all going

to enjoy this little treat.

I got the recipe

from the Ladies'HomeJournal.

The mail got wet in the rain,

so some of the pages ran together.

But what I couldn't read

I improvised with my own ideas.

You see, it's got raisins in it.

You like raisins.

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Savage Steve Holland

Savage Steve Holland (born 1960) is an American writer, producer, voice actor, animator, and film director who wrote and directed the cult films Better Off Dead (1985) and One Crazy Summer (1986), starring John Cusack. He also directed the film How I Got Into College (1989), and animated the "Whammy" on the game show Press Your Luck. He later went on to create and produce Eek! the Cat for Fox Kids. Now, he manages his own studio, Savage Studios Ltd. and directs shows for Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. He studied animation at the California Institute of the Arts, where one of his student projects Going Nowhere Fast (1980), was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art show Tomorrowland: CalArts in Moving Pictures. more…

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