Two friends living in a small town during the 1960s, run away to enjoy their freedom during the Vietnam War, thus disappointing the father of one of them. When they return to town, they realize the importance of family unity.
Robert Downey Jr.,
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>
Both the book and film of Less Than Zero (1987) and its reported sequel, titled Imperial Bedrooms, are named from an Elvis Costello song and album respectively. "Less Than Zero" is the first single off of the "My Aim is True" (1977) album whilst "Imperial Bedroom" is the name of Costello's 1982 album. See more »
In the party with all the TVs, Blair's hairstyle changes while she is talking to Clay. See more »
You *must* party with Julian and Blair! You must party *with* Julian and Blair! You must party with Julian *and* Blair!
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Performed by The Cult
Words & Music by Ian Astbury (as Ian Robert Astbury) & Billy Duffy (as William Henry Duffy)
Courtesy of Sire Records by arrangement with Warner Special Products/Beggars Banquet Records See more »
I can't say Less Than Zero is a good movie. I can't say that it's even got good performances. However. If you have EVER been curious, or currently are curious about using cocaine, I encourage you strongly to watch this movie. There is 90 percent chance or higher that you will not want to use it after watching this. I was 13 years old when I watched this, and wow, did it scare the crap out of me. The ending was a bit sad, but this is true to real life events then could happen, so the script demands that it be taken seriously, no matter how bad this film has aged. Again, if you've ever been curious about using cocaine, this movie will prevent you from using it. I can bet my 401k on it. Enjoy,
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