Our FIVE DAYS OF CUSACK has lead us to this point…Better off Dead (screening this weekend as part of Nitehawk’s Love, Life, and Death brunch series). So far we’ve discussed our favorites – Say Anything, Grosse Point Blank, High Fidelity, and 2012 – but now it’s time to bring it back…
Where’s my two dollars??
I don’t know if there is such a bizarrely lovable teenage comedy superior to Better Off Dead. The heightened reality of the awkwardness of high school: the strange cooking habits of an over-eager mother, the weird friend looking to get high off of snow, the bullying newspaper boy who wants his money, or the over-the-top expense to get a girl’s attention. Doesn’t matter if there is because we’re better off with Better Off Dead.
Yet again Cusack, this time as Lane Meyer, is the adorable outsider who is devastated after his girlfriend breaks up with him. He tries to kill himself but, alas, it just won’t stick. But who wants to die anyone when a cute French girl likes you and you can ski better than anyone?
Plus, and if this doesn’t it make it one of the best movies EVER, there is an animated hamburger sequence inspired by Frankenstein and set to the music of Van Halen. That plus Cusack is a win/win/win.