Less Than Zero

Year: 1987
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Marek Kanievska
Producer: Jon Avnet
Writer: Bret Easton Ellis/Harley Peyton
Cast: Andrew McCarthy, Jami Gertz, Robert Downey Jr, James Spader, Brad Pitt
The definitive 1980s anti-drug movie, it's hard to know if this movie was faithful to Ellis' intentions without having read it.

It's a fairly simple tale told to show the corruption of drug culture at the core of the lives of rich, glamourous kids in wealthy LA.

Collecting some of the hottest actors of the day, it portrays lives teetering on the egde of control and far beyond it (personified by Downye Jr's character Julian, reduced to sleeping on park benches and owing his dealer $50,000, eventually dying sitting up in a car).

Clay (McCarthy) and his new girl Blair (Gertz) realise they have to stop travelling down the road they're on, or they'll end up like their friend Julian. Of course, they don't, and the message is clear, kids; say no to drugs.

Famous also for it's title track by the Bangles at the height of their popularity.

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