Just like American Psycho and The Rules of Attraction, Less Than Zero is a disappointing adaptation that should've been so much better. Considering the twisted yuppie era imagery; rebellion, angst and darkness of Brett Easton Ellis' books they don't seem to adapt well to the big screen. Not even a decent cast and cinematography can save it from being disappointing and nothing more than yet another bland teen film.
Let me get this straight. This guy fucks my gf and runs up debtsfor being a selfish self centred douche and then i suppose to feel bad when he dies? One less asshole in the world Haven't rated this seeing as you can't give a film zero. Terrible story. Terrible acting. Terrible film.
It's a beautiful snapshot of 1980's Los Angeles, but the bowlderized version of BEE's dark debut novel is really awful. Clay is a moralist and although Robert Downey Jr, plays the hell out of Julian, his death at the end (his punishment for doing drugs) removes the narrative so far from the nihilism and darkness of the source that it isn't the same story at all.
A very messed up movie that makes you kind of hurt inside. Though I agree it could maybe have been better, it still did a fairly good job at making you feel fucked up and just like you were being dragged through this awful drama that is his life. Robert Downey has always been amazing, but I think that around the time this was made, he may have been at his peak, he just is fantastic. I like the rest of the cast too.
Sadly, the film is too glossy and Hollywood in its portrayal of the exhausted theme that is the downwards spiral of a drug addict. There is so much grit and disturbance that is missing from the film that would have made it truly a stand-out, but Robert Downey Jr. is simply epic (but isn't he always?).