1990, Warner Bros., 87 min, USA, Dir: Carl Reiner

After eight years of marriage, Marjorie Turner (Kirstie Alley) is tired of neglect from her husband (Scott Bakula) and condescension from her in-laws. So when her sister suggests she spice up her life with an affair, Marjorie is game - until the man she hooks up with dies in bed. Among the familiar faces ensnared in the web of ensuing complications are Sam Elliott, Jami Gertz, Bill Pullman, Carrie Fisher and Ed O'Neill. A dark and underrated modern screwball comedy.

1987, 20th Century Fox, 98 min, USA, Dir: Marek Kavievska

18-year-old Clay (Andrew McCarthy) returns home to Beverly Hills for the Christmas holiday, but is met by a rude awakening: His ex-girlfriend (Jami Gertz) has taken up with his former best friend (Robert Downey Jr.), who is living the fast life with copious amounts of cocaine and equally as much debt. A fascinating portrait of adrift rich kids on the uncertain, even dangerous precipice of adulthood, based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis.

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