- Adaptation Dye-Job: In the book, all the lead characters are blond(e)s. Not so here.
- Drugs Are Bad: Only in the movie, presumably due to Executive Meddling.
- Interrupted Intimacy: Towards the end of the film, Clay walks in on a naked and drugged out Julian about to give another man a blowjob.
- No Bisexuals: Clay's bisexuality is never mentioned in the movie.
Film / Less Than Zero
Less Than Zero is a 1987 film based on the book of the same name by Bret Easton Ellis, starring Andrew McCarthy as Clay, Jami Gertz as Blair, Robert Downey, Jr. as Julian and James Spader as Rip, Julian's drug dealer.The film was noted for taking extensive liberties with the plot of the novel. In a curiously Post Modern touch, the film adaptation actually exists within the universe of the Less Than Zero book: the opening of the book's sequel, Imperial Bedrooms, discusses the adaptation at length.