"Now that's a real shame when folks be throwin' away a perfectly good white boy like that!"
BETTER OFF DEAD plays midnights this weekend (May 1st and 2nd) at the Tivoli as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight series (and tickets are 8 dollars, not 2!).
In BETTER OFF DEAD (1984), John Cusack plays Lane, a loser who has just lost his girlfriend and tries several times to attempt suicide to escape his miserable life. Of course he fails with hilarious results and finds reason to live in the hopes of getting her back while unwittingly falling in love with a French foreign exchange student (the super-sexy Dinae Franklin). BETTER OFF DEAD contains lots of standard ‘80s teen themes; The Girl you want. The Car you want. Parents that are just plain weird. The Guy that is better (or so you think) than you. The Job you hate. The younger brother that seems to have it all going on. A lot is happening in the side plots like the mailman who sorts your mail for you. The paperboy mafia who wants his $2., etc. The animation scenes are great in a crude sorta way. Anyone who had a mother who was not a great or even good cook can find the humor in the Christmas exchange scene or the scene where the green goop crawls off the plate and our hero Lane Meyer has to be excused. There’s way too much going on in this movie to convey the total greatness of the whole interconnected plots in less than the required 1000 words. I would still consider this a fun date movie even now, so get a date and head over to the Tivoli Theater this weekend for the midnight show of BETTER OFF DEAD.
Reel Late at the Tivoli takes place every Friday and Saturday night and OnSTL's own Tom Stockman (that’s me!) will be there with custom trivia questions about the film and always has DVDs, posters, and other cool stuff to give away. Ticket prices are $8
The Tivoli is located at 6350 Delmar in The Loop. Visit Landmark’s The Tivoli’s website HERE
Here’s the Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight schedule for the rest of May:
May 8-9 MAD MAX
May 15-16 WATERSHIP DOWN
May 22-23 THE THING