Better Off Dead

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John Cusack had his first starring role as Lane, a sad-sack high school student who, despite numerous attempts, can't manage to kill himself after his girlfriend dumps him for a dude with the superb name of Roy Stalin. He impulsively challenges the new man to a ski contest, but is it really worth winning his girl back when there's a cute French exchange student next door? This meandering, silly comedy painted the broad outlines of Cusack's sweet-loser persona and will appeal to anyone with a penchant for '80s nostalgia and a desire not to think about anything too hard.
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Director
"Savage" Steve Holland
Cast
John Cusack, Diane Franklin, David Ogden Stiers

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