Less than Zero (directed by Marek Kanievska) was recommended to me by new friend, Kelly Blickley as one of her favorites, an “80s classic.”

I did not share Kelly’s enthusiasm for the film.

The movie is loosely based off Bret Easton Ellis’s novel of the same title, or so I’ve read. The story centers around a group of three friends whose families, apparently, have more money than anyone else in the country and the Christmas following their high school graduation. Clay (Andrew McCarthy) comes home from college on the east coast, excited to see ex-girlfriend Blair (Jami Gertz) and best friend Julian (Robert Downey Jr.), to find out that Julian’s drug problem is spiraling out of control.

Simply put, the movie was completely unbelievable. Here’s why:

  • I don’t care how rich you are, you’re not going to drink out in the open at your high school graduation from a bottle of champagne given to you by your dad.
  • Your dad isn’t simply going to give you the money to start a record company.
  • Julian has been doing drugs since he was in elementary school? Really? Now people are shocked?
  • The legal drinking age in California has been 21 since 1933. 18 year-olds aren’t going to be able to walk into EVERY single bar and club freely, no matter how lax the 80s were.
  • Once in these clubs, 18 year-olds are not going to know EVERY single person.


Don’t bother, unless recommended by a pretty girl. The typical 80s movie you didn’t watch, and for a good reason.

Currently: IMDB rating of 6.0/10 and 54% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.