Better Off Dead

The holidays are here! Between all the last-minute shoppping, awful Christmas songs, dealing with your crazy relatives and their unwanted fruitcake advances, you may as well be Better Off Dead.

In this 1985 film directed by Savage Steve Holland, life pretty much sucks for Lane Meyer (John Cusack) whose girlfriend, the beautiful Beth, dumps him for the captain of the ski team. Meanwhile his grades are freefalling, he’s getting stalked by the paperboy, and his mom is quite possibly trying to kill him with her terrible cooking. Oh and did I mention all of this happens right around Christmas, making this a perfect albeit lesser known cult film to watch around this time of year? Lane spends most of his time and energy trying to win back Beth’s heart, but it’s the cute, French exchange student next door (Diane Franklin) who fixes his car, gives him ski lessons and teaches him the international language of love.

Grab your book on how to pick up trashy ladies, throw on your ardvarrk costume and choke down some boiled bacon as hosts Pax, Shawn and Jaime discuss all the the things they love about this underrated flick.

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