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Watch the trailer. Title: Better Off Dead The teenager Lane Meyer has a crush on his girlfriend Beth Truss. When Beth dumps him to stay with the successful skier Roy Stalin, Lane is depressed and decides to commit suicide. However he gives up and tries to improve his skill of skier to ski the dangerous K12 slope to impress Beth. Meanwhile his neighbor Mrs. Smith receives the exchange French student Monique Junot and her fat son Ricky Smith considers Monique his girlfriend; however, Monique has an unrequited crush on Lane that does not note her. When Lane stumbles upon Monique in a high-school party, he befriends her. The upset Lane challenges Roy in a competition on the K12 slope but then he regrets.
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Skip to Content. Nobody here is very deep, and the hero's repeated attempts at suicide, though half-heartedly discouraged, are basically joke setups. Characterizations lean towards stereotypes nerds, jocks, fatties, car-crazy Asians , but there's one girl who goes against the grain by being an ace mechanic and baseball fan, not a shallow blonde -- but she's emphatically not American, so go figure.
The movie was written and directed by "Savage" Steve Holland, who based the dark comedy on his teenage romantic woes. As with Lane Meyer Cusack , Holland's high school girlfriend dumped him for the captain of the ski team, leaving him despondent and suicidal. The scene where Lane tries to hang himself in the garage, only to have the pipe holding the noose break and spill water on him, actually happened to the filmmaker.