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Less Than Zero
     

Less Than Zero

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Director: Marek Kanievska, Andrew McCarthy, Jami Gertz, Robert Downey Jr.

Cast: Marek Kanievska, Andrew McCarthy, Jami Gertz, Robert Downey Jr.

 

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This drama about affluent Los Angeles teens is taken from the novel by Bret Easton Ellis. Clay (Andrew McCarthy) is a college freshman who returns home during Christmas break. Clay's old flame Blair (Jamie Gertz) is now more interested in her new beau Julian (Robert Downey, Jr.), the fun-loving party boy with a penchant for drugs. While Clay tries to rekindle a thing

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This drama about affluent Los Angeles teens is taken from the novel by Bret Easton Ellis. Clay (Andrew McCarthy) is a college freshman who returns home during Christmas break. Clay's old flame Blair (Jamie Gertz) is now more interested in her new beau Julian (Robert Downey, Jr.), the fun-loving party boy with a penchant for drugs. While Clay tries to rekindle a thing with Blair, Julian becomes addicted to cocaine and starts freebasing. Julian's friends try halfheartedly to intervene, with no success. Soon he is so far in debt to drug dealer Rip (James Spader) that Julian becomes a male prostitute, whoring for enough money for his next fix. Michael Bowen co-stars with Tony Bill and Nicholas Pryor in this trip into the seamy world of darkness in sunny California.

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If you’re among those who recall the 1980s as a decade of wretched excess, you’ll find validation in Less than Zero, the melancholy but trenchant 1987 screen adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’s bestselling novel. Ellis chronicled the unsavory, even nihilistic antics of several Beverly Hills youths, children of privilege who become morally and spiritually bankrupt as a result of their dissolute lifestyles. In the film adaptation Andrew McCarthy portrays the author’s protagonist, Clay, who returns home for Christmas vacation following a semester at an eastern college. No longer dependent on the meaningless thrills provided by aimless sex and reckless drug use, he touts sobriety to ex-girlfriend Blair (Jami Gertz) but fails to convince his best friend, Julian (Robert Downey Jr.), a hopelessly addicted loser who eventually plunges into an abyss of degradation. Director Marek Kanievska (Where the Money Is) takes his viewers on a guided tour of L.A.’s seamy subculture, circa 1985; brainless bimbos and predatory pushers, resplendent in their Rodeo Drive fashions, frequent decadent nightclubs and attend drug-sodden orgies in luxury condos and palatial homes. It’s a harrowing and unforgettable journey, and one that now seems sadly prophetic as well, given how closely Downey’s real-life behavior, in the years since this film was first released, has invited comparisons to his character’s.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/2000
UPC:
0086162164934
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Andrew McCarthy Clay Easton
Jami Gertz Blair
Robert Downey Julian Wells
James Spader Rip
Michael Bowen Hop
Tony Bill Bradford Easton
Nicholas Pryor Benjamin Wells
Donna Mitchell Elaine Easton
Lisanne Falk Patti
Michael Greene Robert Wells
Neith Hunter Alana
Afton Smith Kim
Brian Wimmer Trent
Kelly Wolf Lile
Flea Musician #1
Jayne Modean Cindy
Jude Mussetter Alice
Jessica Puscas Little Girl
Eric Walker Seth Wells
Scott Warner Teenager #1
Brittain Frye Teenager #2
Afrika Islam D.J
Sarah Buxton Markie
Jeannette Kerner Margery Easton

Technical Credits
Marek Kanievska Director
Jon Avnet Producer
Peter E. Berger Editor
Glenn Berkovitz Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Cristofer Screenwriter
Richard Hornung Costumes/Costume Designer
Jordan Kerner Producer
Edward Lachman Cinematographer
Barbara Ling Production Designer
Deborah Love Asst. Director
Thomas Newman Score Composer
Nancy Nye Set Decoration/Design
Harley Peyton Screenwriter
Stephen Rice Art Director
Rick Rubin Score Composer
David Rubin Casting
Michael Tronick Editor
Marvin Worth Producer

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Less Than Zero 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a very good movie .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I watched this movie as a teenager and loved it so I had to buy it to watch again. Still great and I still cried even when knowing the ending. Robert Downey is just awesome and his life took some of the same roads his character took, but he's back and it's great to see how his life could have went, but didn't. If you like his new movies this is a must see. James Spader plays his bad drug dealer part great and Jami Gertz is my favorite female actor due to this movie and The Lost Boys. Andrew McCarty plays a great straight man. Timeless movie!
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