John Cusack Better Off Dead DVD As A Huge Cusack Fan, I've seen the All the Movies in John Cusack's early career, some were definitely a learning curve for the Actor where he was finding his path in the entertainment industry, but it didn't take long to discover that He had an immerging personality all his own that would soon make John Cusack a box Office commodity. Better Off Dead is one of the Best of the early movies, and scenes from the Movie are still parodied today in Cult Hit cartoon Series like Family Guy, Simpsons, and others. The Better Off Dead DVD is One you'll get great value out of, due to the fact that you will watch it again and again, sharing with friends who had never seen it, or want to see it again, I Must have watched it 30 times since its release, and never get bored with this Creative and Very Special DVD Movie. "Lane Myer (John Cusack) is stuck in a personal hell. A compulsive, adolescent Everyman growing up in Suburbia, USA, not only does he fail to make the prestigious high school ski team (again), but his beloved sweetheart, Beth, also leaves him for Roy, the team's popular, arrogant captain. If this isn't bad enough, he's stuck with a mother who frighteningly experiments--rather than cooks--with food, a brother who builds rockets out of models, and a best friend so desperate for drugs that he settles for snorting powdered snow. Faced with these prospects, Lane opts to end it all ... until he comes up with a ridiculous plan to gain acceptance and win Beth back. Director Savage Steve Holland warps this simple, clich├ęd premise, letting his wacky imagination twist it into a fairly original, slightly dark, and completely hilarious '80s teen comedy. Not as serious a "suicide-attempt" movie as, say, Harold and Maude but just as funny, the film's more a collection of screwball sketches than a narrative. Holland livens the high jinks with surrealistic fantasy touches, including Jell-O that crawls, a hamburger that sings Van Halen, drawings that mock its creator, Japanese race-car drivers who only speak Howard Cosell, and a psychotic paperboy seeking blood over a missing $2. Cusack puts the whole thing on his shoulders and carries the insanity with another one of his touching, obsessively romantic performances, which, along with Say Anything, The Sure Thing, and One Crazy Summer, made him the quintessential (and appealing) personification of lovestruck adolescence and suffering." --Dave McCoy - Much of the Unique and Classic Dark Humor of Better Off Dead is refered to in later John Cusack Movies, Like The Hot Tub Time Machine where much of the Setting is parodied, and even the Punch lines, but they're done with precision and respect to make both films Awesome Comedy that earns a special place in your heart...