Less Than Zero (1987)

MAREK KANIEVSKA

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B

USA, 1987.  Twentieth Century Fox, Amercent Films, American Entertainment Partners L.P..  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Bret Easton Ellis’ novel about rich kids living in the fast lane is given an atrocious screen treatment.   comes back to his hometown of Los Angeles after his first year of college, discovering that ex-girlfriend  is now dating his best friend Robert Downey Jr.. She enlists McCarthy’s help as the new man in her life has developed a vicious cocaine habit that makes her worry very much about his safety. The film might be pretending to possess some kind of message, but it enjoys exploiting the glitzy life of depravity too much while it is looking to save its characters from it, and adds the extra pleasure of casting as the kind of sexy, soulless vampire he was playing throughout this entire decade.

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