Monday, April 13, 2009

Better Off Dead (1985)

This is a solid but bizarre movie. After his girlfriend of six months ditches him for a rude ski jock, high school student Lane (John Cusack) decides suicide is the only answer. However, his increasingly inept attempts, bring him only more agony and embarrassment. When he meets the French exchange student (Diane Franklin) staying with a neighbor, his outlook starts to improve.

Howard Cosell was hired in 1970 by ABC to be a commentator for Monday Night Football. He died in 1995 at the age of 77. The Dodgers had moved to Los Angeles by 1958. The movie's final scene was shot at Dodger Stadium. Some of the skiing scenes were shot at Snowbird, in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah. During the sword fight with ski poles, the Mid Gad ski lift at Snowbird is plainly visible.


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