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LESS THAN ZERO

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I grew up teasing my hair to Jami Gertz heights and lip-synching to the Bangles’ cover of ”Hazy Shade of Winter.” Still, you should trust me when I say to get this DVD. Are there fancy extras, director’s commentary, deleted scenes, etc.? Well, no. But the neon-ridden, cocaine-addled story of a drug addict (Robert Downey Jr.), a tightwad (Andrew McCarthy), and the recreational-drug-doing model/friend who comes between them (Gertz) sizzles in this DVD’s super-sharp wide-screen image. Watching Downey Jr.’s exhaustive performance in light of his recent, real-life war with drugs offers more enlightenment than a speech by Bret Easton Ellis, author of the book on which the movie is based, ever could.

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