Less Than Zero1987
Less Than Zero (1987)
Critic Consensus: A couple of standout performances -- notably Robert Downey, Jr. and James Spader -- and a killer soundtrack can't quite elevate a somewhat superficial adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' story of drugged-out LA rich kids.
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as Bradford Easton
as Clay Easton
as Benjamin Wells
as Elaine Easton
as Robert Wells
as Musician #1
as Little Girl
as Seth Wells
as Teenager #1
as Teenager #2
as Margery Easton
Critic Reviews for Less Than Zero
Ed Lachman's cinematography is letter perfect as always in its handling of light and color (assisted here by Barbara Ling's flashy production design), but it's a pity to see it wasted on such claptrap.
Perhaps this wasn't the best subject matter for British director Marek Kanievska (Another Country) to make his American debut. The feel for this distinctly Southern California story escapes him.
A movie that knows cocaine inside out and paints a portrait of drug addiction that is all the more harrowing because it takes place in the Beverly Hills fast lane, in a world of wealth, sex, glamour and helpless self-destruction.
It's an interesting spin on the "coming home for the holidays and finding everyone has changed and so have you" trope found in other Christmas films.
An exaggerated descriptive vehicle without dramatic function. [Full Review in Spanish]
Audience Reviews for Less Than Zero
At first the unlikable characters keep us from relating to the story but Kanievska manages the feat of making them all sympathetic later, in a devastating portrayal of drug addiction with a great soundtrack and two terrific performances by Robert Downey Jr. and James Spader.
This movie helped de-glamorize the life I felt I was missing out on. The sad story of friends as life moves on. Great soundtrack! The movie is not near as powerful as the book, but just because the story mixes in my head made the movie better. The glam life of my generation!! lol
A beautifully gritty young adult drama about life after high school. The cast is awesome, and so is the story. I love this movie.
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