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Re: Rate & Mini-Summarize the Last Movie You Saw
Better Off Dead (1985)
After the love of his teenage life breaks up with him, Lane Myers decides that he would be better off dead and makes several bad attempts at suicide. In dealing with his crazy life filled with wacky characters, his shattered love life, and teenage problems in general, Lane has to find happiness in his life again.
This movie is HILARIOUS!!! 80s classic for sure. It follows the same formula as any other teen comedy of the time period, but the wackiness is amped up so much that at times it almost feels like a parody. The cartoonish/absurd humor really makes the film stands out and provides many great running gags and memorable characters, my favorite of course being the persistent Paper Boy (I want my two dollars!!!). Great comedy.
Retired special forces veteran John Matrix is forced into an assassination plot by terrorists that have kidnapped his daughter as a method of coercion. Realizing that they will just kill his daughter anyway, John breaks free & goes on a highly destructive race against time to locate his daughter's captors and kill them all.
As a "movie", its terrible. Bad writing, questionable acting, and every action movie cliche you can possibly think of. But.....ITS SOOOOOO FUCKING AWESOME!!!! Its so over the top, so gloriously macho, and so amazingly fun, that I can't help but love it. I will always say that Arnold's best film is Terminator 2, but that was a great film that advanced the way we looked at Cinema. This film is purely Arnold's grand opus. This is his signature piece because it exemplifies his entire career in one film. Everything that is good and bad about Arnold is front and center, magnified, and celebrated. One note acting, cheesy one liners, bad ass action sequences, extreme charisma, its all there and blown up to insane proportions. Part of me wishes this film had happened at the end of Arnold's career so that it would have served as an awesome farewell to my favorite Austrian Brawny man! This movie is pure fun. Plain & simple. I love it!>