I want my two dollars! This week, we're heading back to high school, for Nakea's first viewing of Better Off Dead. 

We're reminiscing about high-school experiences, sharing favorite teen movies, and speculating about the chinlessly elusive mystique of John Cusack.  And, of course, we're watching Savage Steve Holland's 1985 cult comedy, as Michael tries (and fails) to convince Nakea that this weird movie he and his friends loved in the '80s is an overlooked comedic masterpiece.


0:00: Prologue: Scene from Better Off Dead
1:10: Preliminary Conversation: Teen Movies
20:06: Musical Interlude: "Square Peg, Round Hole" by Logan Whitehurst and the Jr. Science Club
21:03: Cultural Osmosis: Pre-Viewing Discussion of Better Off Dead
32:11: Original Trailer for Better Off Dead
33:32: The Verdict: Post-Viewing Discussion of Better Off Dead
1:15:52: Outro and Next Week's Movie
1:16:59: Outtake

Notes and Links

—Movie Reviewed: Better Off Dead (dir. Savage Steve Holland, CBS, 1985)
—Review Mentioned: Siskel & Ebert review of Better Off Dead
Interviews Mentioned: Savage Steve Holland in The Sneeze;  John Cusack on The Nerdist podcast.
—Read The Unenthusiastic Critic in prose form at
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