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Better Off Dead (1985 - dir. Savage Steve Holland)

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Release Date: 07/30/2019

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The film world is a completely different universe than it was when Better off Dead came out in August 1985.

"Savage" Steve Holland's film about a jilted nerd, skiing, and the foreign exchange student who saves him, is perhaps the quintessential cult teen film of the 80s.  “Those video stores just completely saved Better Off Dead,” Holland told Fast Company. “It was always out at any Blockbuster Video I walked into, and then I’d talk to the guys who worked there and they were like, ‘You know, people rent it and they don’t bring it back.’”

Is this a case of hindsight isn't so Pretty in Pink, or does it stand some of the tests of time?

Host Jonathan Schwartz is joined by Alex Ago and Aubrey Hicks.

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