History Film / BetterOffDead

22nd Feb '18 1:41:25 AM gtking123
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** This is also a reference to K2, a very big, very dangerous mountain in the Himalayas
2nd Feb '18 7:31:12 PM Geoduck
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* EccentricTownsfolk: Everybody we meet in Greendale, yes, even Lane himself, are all at least a little off-kilter.
8th Jan '18 2:27:32 AM jormis29
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* MundaneMadeAwesome: Mr Kerber's math class, wherein advanced geometry is ludicrously popular. Apart from Lane, who is too busy moping over Beth to pay attention, every student in the room reacts with unbridled interest and fascination to every word that comes out of Mr. Kerber's mouth, and when he asks for volunteers to demonstrate the problems on the latest (very, ''very'' long) homework assignment, every student in the room (apart from Lane, again) raises an eager hand. (To be fair, Kerber is played by Vincent Schiavelli.)

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* MundaneMadeAwesome: Mr Kerber's math class, wherein advanced geometry is ludicrously popular. Apart from Lane, who is too busy moping over Beth to pay attention, every student in the room reacts with unbridled interest and fascination to every word that comes out of Mr. Kerber's mouth, and when he asks for volunteers to demonstrate the problems on the latest (very, ''very'' long) homework assignment, every student in the room (apart from Lane, again) raises an eager hand. (To be fair, Kerber is played by Vincent Schiavelli.)Creator/VincentSchiavelli).
26th Nov '17 9:48:43 PM foxley
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* OffBridgeOntoVehicle: Lane is preparing to commit suicide by throwing himself off an overpass when a slap on the back from his friend Charles sends him over the edge, only for him to land in a garbage truck that was passing underneath.
30th Aug '17 1:00:10 PM Geoduck
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After being dumped by his utterly-unfaithful girlfriend Beth, luckless teen Lane Meyer makes several futile attempts to kill himself, while wandering in and out of a series of encounters with the residents... inmates of his bizarre hometown. These include his super-genius younger brother Badger; his severely-underachieving best friend Charles; a pair of Korean car-racing enthusiasts, the one who speaks English having learned it by listening to Howard Cosell; and one ''very'' determined paper-boy. Lane's life finally begins to turn around when he meets Monique, a comely French exchange student who has been sentenced to live with Lane's grotesque neighbors.

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After being dumped by his utterly-unfaithful girlfriend Beth, luckless teen Lane Meyer makes several futile attempts to kill himself, while wandering in and out of a series of encounters with the residents... inmates of his bizarre hometown. These include his super-genius younger brother Badger; his severely-underachieving best friend Charles; a pair of Korean car-racing enthusiasts, the one who speaks English having learned it by listening to [[Series/MondayNightFootball Howard Cosell; Cosell]]; and one ''very'' determined paper-boy. Lane's life finally begins to turn around when he meets Monique, a comely French exchange student who has been sentenced to live with Lane's grotesque neighbors.



** AngryGuardDog: She also has to struggle to keep her family's large furiously barking dog inside the house.



* LearnedEnglishFromWatchingTelevision: One of the asian street racers learned english from Howard Cosell, and can only talk like a race car announcer.

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* LearnedEnglishFromWatchingTelevision: One of the asian Asian street racers learned english English from Howard Cosell, and can only talk like a race car announcer.



* MundaneMadeAwesome: Mr Kerber's maths class, wherein advanced geometry is ludicrously popular. Apart from Lane, who is too busy moping over Beth to pay attention, every student in the room reacts with unbridled interest and fascination to every word that comes out of Mr. Kerber's mouth, and when he asks for volunteers to demonstrate the problems on the latest (very, ''very'' long) homework assignment, every student in the room (apart from Lane, again) raises an eager hand. (To be fair, Kerber is played by Vincent Schiavelli.)

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* MundaneMadeAwesome: Mr Kerber's maths math class, wherein advanced geometry is ludicrously popular. Apart from Lane, who is too busy moping over Beth to pay attention, every student in the room reacts with unbridled interest and fascination to every word that comes out of Mr. Kerber's mouth, and when he asks for volunteers to demonstrate the problems on the latest (very, ''very'' long) homework assignment, every student in the room (apart from Lane, again) raises an eager hand. (To be fair, Kerber is played by Vincent Schiavelli.)
25th Apr '17 2:34:25 PM Gotgunpowder
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* LearnedEnglishFromWatchingTelevision: One of the asian street racers learned english from Howard Cosell, and can only talk like a race car announcer.
24th Dec '16 4:30:01 AM Geoduck
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* PropRecycling: Twiki from ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'' appears in the background of the Christmas scene.
8th Dec '16 4:58:28 AM luberdot
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** And to drink, Peru!
27th Nov '16 1:26:25 AM Geoduck
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* AbhorrentAdmirer: The overweight, socially awkward Ricky has limited experience with the opposite sex, so when he and his mother host Monique during her student exchange, he latches onto her immediately, with encouragement from his mother. Monique finds him utterly repulsive, and simply pretends not to speak English (while Ricky and his mother do not speak a word of French) in an attempt to reduce the amount of time she has to spend around him.

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* AbhorrentAdmirer: The overweight, socially awkward Ricky has limited experience with the opposite sex, so when he and his mother host Monique during her student exchange, he latches onto her immediately, with encouragement from his mother. Monique finds him utterly repulsive, and simply pretends not to speak English (while Ricky and his mother do not speak a word of French) in an attempt to reduce the amount of time she has to spend around him. He finds a more suitable match at the very end of the film.


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* LoveAtFirstSight: At the very end of the film, Ricky meets a gal who is essentially his female equivalent. They silently smile at each other and walk off hand in hand, leaving his mother squashed in the snow.
21st Oct '16 3:55:25 PM mlsmithca
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* AbhorrentAdmirer: Ricky and his pursuit of Monique.

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\n* AbhorrentAdmirer: The overweight, socially awkward Ricky has limited experience with the opposite sex, so when he and his mother host Monique during her student exchange, he latches onto her immediately, with encouragement from his mother. Monique finds him utterly repulsive, and simply pretends not to speak English (while Ricky and his pursuit mother do not speak a word of Monique.French) in an attempt to reduce the amount of time she has to spend around him.



* BracesOfOrthodonticOverkill: Lane's unfortunate but practical blind-date.

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* BracesOfOrthodonticOverkill: Joanne Greenwald, Lane's unfortunate but practical blind-date.blind-date, is described by Lane as having antennae growing out of her face. When we see her, she has such a massive and complicated set of orthodontic headgear that she probably can pick up radio signals with it.



* EverybodyHatesMathematics: Inverted, because Mr. Kerber is ''just that good''.

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* EverybodyHatesMathematics: Inverted, because Mr. Kerber is ''just that good''. Every student in the class (except the distracted Lane) hangs on his every word, and even though his homework assignments are long enough to require several folders' worth of paper to answer, every student (except, again, the distracted Lane) is happy to do them, and when Mr. Kerber asks for volunteers to write answers on the chalkboard, a forest of hands goes up.



** When Lane enters the house after deciding to douse himself in paint primer and set himself on fire, he throws the cloth he found in the mouth of the jar into the dining room, unaware that anyone is in there. However, his parents and brother are there with the Smiths and Monique. As his mother ushers Lane to his seat for dinner, we see his father rather disgustedly remove the primer-soaked cloth from where it landed on his shoulder.

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** When Lane enters the house after deciding to douse himself in paint primer and set himself on fire, he throws the cloth he found in the mouth of the jar into the dining room, unaware that anyone is in there. However, his parents and brother are there with the Smiths and Monique. As his mother ushers Lane to his seat for dinner, we see his father rather disgustedly remove the primer-soaked cloth from where it landed on his shoulder.



* ItIsPronouncedTropay: Lane's mother serves Monique "Frahnch Fries", etc.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Of course, [[spoiler: Lane comes to his senses in time.]]

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* ItIsPronouncedTropay: ItIsPronouncedTroPay: Lane's mother serves Monique "Frahnch Fries", etc.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Monique restores Lane's Camaro and coaches him on how to conquer the K-12, and falls in love with him in the process even though she knows she is actively aiding his efforts to win Beth back. Of course, [[spoiler: Lane [[spoiler:Lane comes to his senses in time.time and goes off with Monique at the end of the film.]]



* MundaneMadeAwesome: Mr Kerber's maths class, wherein advanced geometry is ludicrously popular. (To be fair, Kerber is played by Vincent Schiavelli.)
* MyBelovedSmother: Ricky's harridan of a mother.

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* MundaneMadeAwesome: Mr Kerber's maths class, wherein advanced geometry is ludicrously popular. Apart from Lane, who is too busy moping over Beth to pay attention, every student in the room reacts with unbridled interest and fascination to every word that comes out of Mr. Kerber's mouth, and when he asks for volunteers to demonstrate the problems on the latest (very, ''very'' long) homework assignment, every student in the room (apart from Lane, again) raises an eager hand. (To be fair, Kerber is played by Vincent Schiavelli.)
* MyBelovedSmother: Ricky's social awkwardness is implied to be caused by his overbearing harridan of a mother. mother, who is forcibly setting him up with the horrified Monique.



* RuleOfFunny: This movie essentially runs on this, no matter how weird the jokes can get.



* RuleOfFunny: This movie essentially runs on this, no matter how weird the jokes can get.



* StealthPun: The K-12.

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* StealthPun: The K-12.mountain Lane hopes to ski down to impress Beth enough to take him back is called the K-12, as in the grades of pre-collegiate education in the USA.
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