Better Off Dead
If any occasion warrants total hysteria, it's a breakup—especially in a 1980s teen flick. Lane Meyer (a baby-faced John Cusack) is devastated when his girlfriend leaves him for the popular captain of the ski team. When he's not making half-hearted suicide attempts (like jumping off a not-so-high bridge into a truck carrying fluffy garbage bags), he's working in a fast food joint and imagining rock concerts starring Claymation hamburgers. His eventual salvation comes in the form of a French exchange student and the ultimate ski-off.
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