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Less Than Zero (1987)

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A college freshman returns to L.A. for the holidays at his ex-girlfriend's request, but discovers that his former best friend has an out-of-control drug habit.

Director:

Marek Kanievska

Writers:

Bret Easton Ellis (novel), Harley Peyton (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew McCarthy ... Clay
Jami Gertz ... Blair
Robert Downey Jr. ... Julian
James Spader ... Rip
Tony Bill ... Bradford Easton
Nicholas Pryor ... Benjamin Wells
Donna Mitchell ... Elaine Easton
Michael Bowen ... Hop
Sarah Buxton ... Markie
Lisanne Falk ... Patti
Michael Greene Michael Greene ... Robert Wells
Neith Hunter Neith Hunter ... Alana
Afton Smith ... Kim
Brian Wimmer ... Trent
Kelly Wolf Kelly Wolf ... Lile
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Storyline

Clay, an eighteen-year-old freshman, comes back from his first term at Princeton to spend his Christmas vacation with his broken-up wealthy family in Los Angeles. His former girlfriend, Blair, is now involved with his ex-best-friend, Julian. She warns Clay that Julian needs help: he is using a lot of cocaine and has huge debts. What follows is a look at the youth culture of wealthy post adolescents in Beverly Hills with a strong anti-drug message. Apart from the setting and the names, the film has very little to do with Bret Easton Ellis's book by the same title on which it was based. Written by Jeroen van Bree <J.vBree@kub.nl>

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It only looks like the good life. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The movie was filmed during May, June and July 1987. See more »

Goofs

At the cemetery, Clay tells Blair a story which starts: "I remember when Julian's mother died. We were five." Though earlier in the film, Julian and Clay share a drink over ten years of friendship. See more »

Quotes

Clay: Just leave with me! There's no reason for you to stay. Not here, not in LA.
Julian: Jesus! Do I look like I'm ready for homework?
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Connections

Referenced in Futurama: Less Than Hero (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Moonlight Drive
Performed by The Doors
Words & Music by Ray Manzarek, Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger
Courtesy of Elektra Records by special arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Loved It
11 June 2006 | by battsantSee all my reviews

This movie should be considered a "Cult" classic. The movie captures the plight of a young teen's soul while in the drug world and the loyalty of friendship. The riveting performance of Robert Downey, Jr, who coincidentally won an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Charlie Chaplin, was convincing as a spoiled rich kid gone bad.. why does that sound familiar ?!? James Spader was almost as intriguing as the pimp/drug dealer who was as cold as dry ice ! Andrew McCarthy however, seemed to be drowned by his supporting cast but has proved to be a beloved actor in his roles in "Pretty in Pink & St. Elmo's Fire ! Overall, I think that this movie started fans to really look at these fine actors as serious player's in the 1990's. I highly recommend having this in your collection !


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

6 November 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,008,987, 8 November 1987

Gross USA:

$12,396,383

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,396,383
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Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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