Better Off Dead
Better Off Dead (1985)

After being rejected by the object of his affection and suffering a series of other humiliations, a depressed teenager decides life is no longer worth living. He can't even commit suicide right, however, and soon finds his life getting… More

Rated: PG
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: January 1, 1985
DVD Release Date: July 16, 2002
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Better Off Dead is an anarchic mix of black humor and surreal comedy, anchored by John Cusack's winsome, charming performance.

Janet Maslin
New York Times

The film doesn't seem to have much of a focus. But it doesn't seem to want one, either.

Stefan Birgir Stefansson

perhaps the greatest movie of all time

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Carlo Cavagna

Forget Citizen Kane. As a matter of history, this seminal film is unquestionably the finest work of cinema ever made. Required viewing for all students and fans of the art form.

Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Full of...goofy ironies, and while it ain't Molière, it is a pretty great entry in the teen-comedy genre. [Blu-ray]

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Hilarious and brilliantly deadpan.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

strives to be offbeat and sometimes works itself into a sweat doing so. The humor often hits the bullseye, however...

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TV Guide

Unfortunately, only about half of the many jokes and gags in the film are actually funny.

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Brad Laidman
Film Threat

I've rarely met anyone who didn't secretly love it passionately.

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Fred Topel

Classic '80s Cusack vehicle.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Apparently a cult classic (a fact I was unaware about ... I nearly trashed the thing in the opening 5 minutes for spewing flagrant stupidity at me ("This… More
Chris Weber
This little 80s teen rom-com is essentially John Hughes lite. That's okay though, because even though it's like listening to a decent cover version of… More
Jennifer Xu
Things only started picking up when John Cusack stared hanging out with the pseudo-French girl. She was really adorable.
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Cassie Hill
Hilarious John Cusack movie :) I love it :) He was so adorable in the 80s & I love that Johnny kid who always wanted his two dollars lol :) :) :) :) :) :)
Mike S
So random you'd think it was written by Seth McFarlane. I always enjoy a good 80's comedy, but this didn't really do it for me. It's just… More