History Film / LessThanZero

19th Jul '17 8:14:40 AM creader
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* CallingTheOldManOut: {{Subverted}}. Julian tries to call out his father for not helping him. However, given Julian's drug habit and constant lies, it's not surprising that his father cut him off. And given some of their dialogue, his father ''did'' try to help him, but Julian took advantage of his trust.
19th Jul '17 8:12:05 AM creader
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* DeathByAdaptation: Julian is alive in the book, but dies of an overdose in the film.


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* MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: The second time Clay and Blair have sex, they are one the outside porch at his parent's house.


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* PromotedToLoveInterest: {{Zig zagged}}. In the book, it's stated that Blair is Clay's ex-girlfriend, and they break up in the movie because Blair cheated on him with Julian. But, they get back together.
* SexForSolace: Both Julian and Blair explain that they had sex because they needed each other.
* SexSlave: Rip forces Julian to perform sexual acts for men to pay back the money Julian owes him.


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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: A jarring case, but the fates of Rip and Bill are left a mystery.
19th Jul '17 6:06:18 AM creader
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* MissingMom: Julian's mother died when he was 5-years-old.


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* PrecisionFStrike: A given since it's an R-rated movie and most of the f-bombs come from Julian.


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* VomitDiscretionShot: While it's not shown graphically, Julian vomits a whole night.
* WouldHitAGirl: Neither Rip nor Bill have a problem with roughing up Blair.
19th Jul '17 6:03:07 AM creader
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* AdaptationalHeroism: Clay was a lot less noble and straight-arrow like how he is in the film.



* AdaptedOut: Given the many changes from the book, many characters were taken out -- Trent, the 12-year-old SexSlave, and Finn (although Rip takes his place).
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Rip comes off as a good old friend until he makes Julian sell his body to pay back the money he owes Rip.
* BittersweetEnding: Julian dies from an overdose and it's unknown if Rip and Bill ever got some kind of comeuppance for what they made Julian do. Blair has quit taking heroin; she and Clay are a couple again and are headed to school together.
* BookEnds: The picture of Clay, Blair, and Julian together after their high school graduation.
* CanonForeigner: Bill, Rip's main muscle, is introduced for the film only.



* InterruptedIntimacy: Towards the end of the film, Clay walks in on a naked and drugged out Julian about to give another man a blowjob.

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* InterruptedIntimacy: InterruptedIntimacy:
** Implied when Blair walks in her father's house and his girlfriend(?) steps out with her clothes in disarray and slightly breathless.
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Towards the end of the film, Clay walks in on a naked and drugged out Julian about to give another man a blowjob.
19th Jul '17 5:51:57 AM creader
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* ChickMagnet: Downplayed with Clay. It's not given a lot of attention, but besides Blair, he got a surprise kiss from a girl at a party early in the movie and was dancing with another girl at a different party.


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* TimeSkip: A 6 month one after the Julian, Blair, and Clay graduate high school.
* YourCheatingHeart: At some point, Clay walked in on Blair (girlfriend) and Julian (best friend) after the two had sex.
23rd Apr '17 4:02:23 AM appealus
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''Less Than Zero'' is a 1987 film based on the [[Literature/LessThanZero book of the same name]] by Creator/BretEastonEllis, starring Andrew [=McCarthy=] as Clay, Jami Gertz as Blair, Creator/RobertDowneyJr as Julian and James Spader as Rip, Julian's drug dealer.

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''Less Than Zero'' is a 1987 film based on the [[Literature/LessThanZero book of the same name]] by Creator/BretEastonEllis, starring [[Creator/BratPack Andrew [=McCarthy=] McCarthy]] as Clay, [[Creator/BratPack Jami Gertz Gertz]] as Blair, Creator/RobertDowneyJr as Julian and James Spader Creator/JamesSpader as Rip, Julian's drug dealer.
1st Feb '17 5:26:58 PM PaulA
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!!This film contains examples of:



* TheFilmOfTheBook



* NoBisexuals: Clay's bisexuality is never mentioned in the movie.

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* NoBisexuals: Clay's bisexuality is never mentioned in the movie.movie.
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23rd Jul '16 2:25:17 PM nombretomado
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''Less Than Zero'' is a 1987 film based on the [[Literature/LessThanZero book of the same name]] by BretEastonEllis, starring Andrew [=McCarthy=] as Clay, Jami Gertz as Blair, Creator/RobertDowneyJr as Julian and James Spader as Rip, Julian's drug dealer.

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''Less Than Zero'' is a 1987 film based on the [[Literature/LessThanZero book of the same name]] by BretEastonEllis, Creator/BretEastonEllis, starring Andrew [=McCarthy=] as Clay, Jami Gertz as Blair, Creator/RobertDowneyJr as Julian and James Spader as Rip, Julian's drug dealer.
27th Aug '15 8:39:24 PM WillBGood
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* AdaptationDyeJob: In the book, all the lead characters are blond(e)s. Not so here.
24th Mar '15 12:49:45 PM ericap
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* InterruptedIntimacy: Towards the end of the film, Clay walks in on a naked and drugged out Julian about to give another man a blowjob.
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