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Less Than Zero (1987)

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.

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Bradford Easton
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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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In Beverly Hills, you can have anything your heart desires. You just can't have it the way it used to be. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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6 November 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Corrupción en Beverly Hills  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,008,987, 8 November 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$12,396,383
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1.85 : 1
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Third of three films featuring James Spader and Andrew McCarthy. The first movie was Pretty in Pink (1986) and the second picture was Mannequin (1987). All three titles were first released during 1986-1987. See more »

Goofs

When Julian uses a credit card to open the sliding glass door at his parents' home it's obvious that there is no latch or lock where he inserted the card when the door opens. See more »

Quotes

Julian: I'm real tired. I'm gonna go to bed for awhile.
Benjamin Wells: [Pushes Julian] Not here!
Julian: How about here?
Benjamin Wells: We talked about this.
Julian: When? I forgot. Refresh my memory.
Benjamin Wells: You can't stay here. Live your life anyway you want, but not here.
Julian: Just give me a second. You're the father, and I'm the son. I'm your *son*. I'm sleepy.
Seth Wells: Dad?
Benjamin Wells: Get out. I'll call the police.
Julian: [long pause] Fuck you.
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Connections

Referenced in Gossip Girl: Yes, Then Zero (2011) See more »

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Bring The Noise
Performed by Public Enemy
Written by Chuck D (as Carlton Ridenhour), Eric Sadler (as Eric Saddler) and Hank Shocklee
Courtesy of Def Jam Recordings/Columbia Records
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Hip, Slick and Dead
7 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

I lived in L.A. in the Eighties and remember the club scene with a chill. From Eddie Nash's joint on Hollywood Blvd[The Seven Seas] to Club Lingerie to the small venues in Long Beach and Orange County, this movie catches the ennui like a manic firefly in a jar. From the 'powder' in the ladies' room to casual sex, it shows it as it was--callow and shallow and a line/hit away from degradation and death.

It's heart-breaking to watch Robert Downey Jr.'s character surrender his dignity to a free base pipe. Other posts complain about the James Spader's performance, but he was dead on. Pushers are not nice people. This is an early cinematic example of truth about the nature of drug addiction. Are you frightened? NOT FRIGHTENED ENOUGH!

Scare yourself straight tonight. Watch 'Drugstore Cowboy', 'Less than Zero', and 'Rush'.

Here's hoping that Robert Downey Jr.'s talent will not be eclipsed by his addiction. He's an amazing actor. ['Chaplin' & 'Restoration' alone earned him a place in cinematic history.]


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