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Less Than Zero 1987

  • Marek Kanievska
  • November 6, 1987
  • 98 mins
  • German
  • Crime, Drama, Romance
In Beverly Hills, you can have anything your heart desires. You just can't have it the way it used to be.
A college freshman returns to Los Angeles for the holidays at his ex-girlfriend's request, but discovers that his former best friend has an out-of-control drug habit.


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Less Than Zero is movie that is based on a book about drug addiction in Beverly Hills. Although it has not aged all that wellI it does boast a solid cast made up of stars of that time, a few names that have stood the test of time and are still relevant today. The performances were on point, especially that of Robert Downey Jr in the role of a heavily addicted addict.

As far as drug/adddiction movies are concerned this is a decent addition to the list. It does hold a strong sense of realism, but is not overly engaging and the writing is subpar, but entertaining enough to be worth a watch.

It is a time capsule back to the 80's drug scene of Los Angeles, with a gritty portrayal of drugs. I have not read the novel which the movie is based on, so as far as the adaptation, I cannot speak confidently on that aspect. In conclusion, it's an adequate movie about addiction that relied too heavily on the performances from the cast. Worth a watch, but nothing overly memorable other than the nostalgic soundtrack.

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