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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Disney's first R rated film is a winner

8/10
Author: sgtking from United States
11 June 2012

Disparity between the rich and poor has been around forever. These days it seems to be growing each day. Ideally we should all be able to peacefully coexist, but we don't live in that world right now. There have been a number of books and films made on the subject. Some treat the issue very seriously, others satirically. Take this film, based on the French play 'Boudu sauvé des eaux' and film of the same name. It involves a wealthy Beverly Hills family taking in a homeless man. The result is a smart, often funny satire.

Pros: Great work by the cast. Intelligent script. Steady direction. Good score and soundtrack. Some good satire. Some particularly memorable moments, like the massage scene. Well paced.

Cons: Dated in some aspects. Contrived ending.

Final thoughts: With a cast like this one, how could they miss? Fortunately, they didn't by a longshot. Really great satire isn't easy to come by. This is an example of one that soars more than flops. The hair and decor date it some, but it holds up well otherwise.

My rating: 4/5

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

One of the last great Class Comedies

Author: caspian1978 from Boston, MA
4 January 2002

A modern look at the Dinner at 8 comedies of poking fun at the class system. An inside comical look at the filthy rich and the filthy poor. The overall moral of the film is that there is no difference between the classes when both worlds are living a lie. Trying to be something you're not and the struggle for class identity is the moral. All the characters, rich and poor are searching for that throughout the film.

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Way up on my list of favorites

Author: timoteob from Woodland Hills
16 July 2000

To this is one of the great movies(another example would be "Ferris Buellers Day Off"), that manages to be purely entertaining from beginning to end. Not really loaded with laugh out loud gags or thought provoking drama, its just plain fun all the way through.

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Funny amusing flick

Author: Adriane (adriane7@mindspring.com) from chandler, az
4 October 1999

This movie is hilarious! Richard Dreyfuss is wonderful as the neurotic husband who brings Nolte home to live with them. The funniest line: "Call 911!!". Midler also entertains as the bored wife who falls for Nolte. Some of the funniest parts come from Matisse, their dog. If your looking for a light , amusing comedy, this entertains.

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Down and Out in Beverly Hills

Author: Tim Cox from Marietta, OH
9 June 1999

Fun satire from director Mazursky with all three stars giving their best, especially Dreyfuss, who made a true comeback with this as a ritzy neurotic who saves bum Nolte's life, then watches as his life and world are turned upside down. Good clean fun!

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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Hurts quite a bit. Cute dog, tho'.

3/10
Author: Jared M. Silver from Port Washington, NY
15 August 2000

Hardly one of Nick Nolte's proudest moments. Nor any of the other stars, as a matter of fact. It's not their fault; they're all hampered by a rotten script. The movie isn't funny enough to be a comedy, but there really isn't enough of a plot as such to carry it as a drama. Events in this movie just sort of happen with little lead-in or follow-up, and it fails to even wrap up satisfactorily. Absolutely not worth sitting through the highly irritating opening theme music. ...Still, the dog really is cute.

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3 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Why All The Fuss?

4/10
Author: jonathon_naylor from Manitoba, Canada
16 July 2006

It's difficult to decipher why so many critics seemed to love this disappointing comedy. Nick Nolte stars as Jerry Baskins, a bum "rescued" by wealthy David Whiteman (Richard Dreyfuss) after a suicide attempt in the rich man's swimming pool. The next thing he knows, Jerry is invited to live with the Whitemans, including horny housewife Barbara (Bette Midler). Soon everything is turned upside down for David.

The premise is good enough, but the movie lacks... oh, what do you call it... oh yeah, laughs. Despite trying, it's consistently unfunny and downright boring at times. None of the characters is particularly likable, either. Don't bother seeing this one; instead, pile it up with the others in the "could have been good" bin.

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0 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Loud, braying, condescending satire of the upper class--when all we really want from it is some laughs...

3/10
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv
11 December 2010

Americanization of the 1932 French comedy "Boudu sauvé des eaux", based on the play by René Fauchois, is one of Paul Mazursky's most misguided ventures (although it was a big hit in 1986, a time when the words 'Beverly Hills' were a current catchphrase at the cinema). Wealthy, pampered, but highly dysfunctional denizens of Southern California take in a hobo who has tried to drown himself in their swimming pool. Upon moving in, the now-cleaned up bum/con-artist discovers he's more normal than his filthy-rich patrons. Paint-by-numbers filmmaking, done up in loud colors. Richard Dreyfuss, Nick Nolte and, particularly, Bette Midler do everything they can with meager material. *1/2 from ****

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3 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Rambling, empty film.

5/10
Author: gridoon
20 December 1999

This supposed "satire" lacks two things that are essential for a satire: a target and a purpose. The fact that it's even today considered to be a "satire" is extremely puzzling; I wonder if there is one person who saw this film and understood what exactly this movie was meant to satirize. But the movie has other problems, besides its utter pointlessness; the most serious one is that it's rarely funny. It adds up to a rambling collection of episodes, most of which are passable and watchable enough, but none of which is funny or meaningful or strong enough to stop the film from sinking. A waste of time.

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4 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

Very basic and not all that funny...

Author: MovieAddict2014 from UK
16 September 2003

Rich couple Richard Dreyfuss and Bette Midler have to cope with their teenage son whose dream is to become a filmmaker, a little dog...and a homeless bum of the streets (Nick Nolte) who has decided to move into their house. Long story. Unfortunately, getting there isn't all that fun. The gags are all very routine - I laughed a handful of times. Dreyfuss and Midler and Nolte are all superb actors (well, good actors, anyway), which makes me wonder why they signed onto this.

* * 1/2 out of * * * * *

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