Less Than Zero
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Returning home from college for Christmas vacation, Clay (Andrew McCarthy) is eager to resume his long-time romantic relationship with Blair (Jami Gertz) and his old friendship with the irresponsible Julian (Robert Downey, Jr.). But he finds the two have started a relationship of their own and developed a fondness for clubs, wild parties and endless amounts of cocaine. Clay's determination and love for Blair enables him to win her back, but Julian is a different story. Increasingly hopeless, addicted and deeply in debt to his dealer (James Spader), he puts Clay and Blair through the ultimate test of friendship, loyalty and love.
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Life's curveballs it throws and the horrible events of progressive drug
addiction and how bad it can truely get. Grab some tissue and some popcorn sit back and enjoy this ride you'll be glad you did, I surely was and honored to have "Less than Zero" apart of my movie collection.
... What sets this movie apart from other 80s teen flicks is this: it doens't end with some diabetes-inducing sweet Hollywood happy ending (and I think that is what really disturbs people). True, the movie's main point seems to be "Just Say No". But underneath lies other messages. True friends are rare, there are way too many plastic people running around, it's way to easy to get stuck in a rut and sometimes life just really sucks.
McCarthy does a fine job as the guy who tried to leave his go nowhere high school life behind and move on only to get sucked in again. Gertz, never one of my favorites, abley portrays the spectator to her friend Julian's self-destruction and tries to ignore it even though she is heading in the same direction. And Downey, Jr.? Geez, he nails his part as Julian the well meaning dreamer who's on a bullet train to Dante's Inferno with really scary accuracy.
On a lighter note: the classic Corvette McCarthy drives is sweet. And watch for the scene in the basement dance club where the boom mic guy can be seen clear as day.
A great flick with lots of substance. If nothing else, get it for your kids. It may not scare'em straight, but it may make'em think twice.
The movie itself is fantastic. Great soundtrack. Great cast. Great book.
I normally would've just waited for the blu-ray but I really wanted to watch it and my girlfriend hadn't seen it yet, so for $7.50 we went ahead and bought this. It's worth it for the movie, but you might want to consider renting it and holding out for the blu-ray.