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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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Benjamin Wells
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Elaine Easton
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Hop
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Markie
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Patti
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Robert Wells
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Alana
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Kim
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Trent
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Lile
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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 »

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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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$12,396,383 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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There is speculation that the character of Clay was based on Bret Easton Ellis himself and that the events in the novel reflect the real life experiences of the author. See more »

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When Julian is dead, and his head is leaning back, his eyelids move can be seen moving slightly when Blair is holding him. See more »

Quotes

Rip: Do you have something for me?
Julian: I had it all worked out. Christ. At least I thought I did.
[long pause]
Julian: I fucked up. I don't have any money. I don't know... I don't know where I'm going to get it.
Rip: [long pause] Julian, this cannot go on forever. You owe me a lot of cash, and I'm carrying you like I'm stupid.
Julian: I know, I know. Just... just please don't cut me off, okay?
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Referenced in Bad Kids Go to Hell (2012) See more »

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Li'l Devil
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
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Its a teen movie with adult themes! And is truely magnificent
20 July 2003 | by (New york, New york) – See all my reviews

Less than Zero has to be my ultime favorite 80's movie. Every time that I watch this movie I learn something new. This movie as many people know is Robert Downey Jr.'s break out film and boy, did he do a wonderful job. I think Robert did the most amazing depiction of a drug abusive young adult that anyone of his age or stature could even try to imitate. He was just amazing! You know, that someone is amazing in a movie when you can't see any other actor portraying his or her role and that's how I know Robert did an amazing job because i can't see any other actor at that time or even now who could portray the complexity of the character,Julian Wells, justice. The movie also includes Andrew Mccarthy, Jamie Gertz and James Spader, but clearly after watching Less than Zero all your left thinking about is Robert's performance. Don't get me wrong it was a perefectly casted cast as you know Andrew being the preppy college student and Jamie being the model/girlfriend and Spader being the villian/drug dealer but all you can think about is Julian and how everything in his life, no matter how hard he tried, just kept falling apart which therefore left him with no choice but to result to drugs. Even the director who hasn't directed many films is phenominal he gives a visonary to the audience the is just exceptional. And even the music in this movie is just great your left feeling the emotions as you listen to the music and I just find that completely rare now a days. As you can see i really do hold high regard to this movie and I actually do believe that if you took the time to watch it you would learn something from it and can apply it to your own life. And if there are any Robert Downey Jr., fans out there this movie would make you like Robert far beyond his irrestiable, amazing, gorgeous looks but it would make you look even further beyond that and have you respect him even more as an actor and as human-being, and even if you are not a huge Robert Downey Jr., fan this movie will convert you into one as soon as the credits start to roll. Again this is an Amazing movie both visually and physically (performance by Robert Downey Jr.,) so if your looking for a great movie to really leave you with something to think about rather, apply to your own life than this movie is for you and I can say this because I too have learned alot from it and I thank Robert from the bottom of my heart for making it!


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