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Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills (1989)

R | | Comedy | July 1989 (USA)
The widow's houseboy and the divorcee's chauffeur bet on which will bed the other's employer first.

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Clare Lipkin
Ray Sharkey ...
Frank
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Lisabeth Hepburn-Saravian
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Juan
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Howard
Arnetia Walker ...
To-Bel
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Edith Diaz ...
Rosa
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Willie Saravian
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June-Bug
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Kelly
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The story of this social satire and soap parody follows two rich white upper class families living in Beverly Hills, California. Recently widowed Claire is a once popular sitcom star, who dreams of a Hollywood comeback. She and her daughter Zandra are not very close, even though they live in the same house, so she turns to her best friend Lisbeth for comfort. Lisbeth is a socialite with her own set of problems. Her alcoholic husband Howard left her for another woman. Her son Willie is terminally ill and hopelessly in love with Zandra, who doesn't even notice him. Lisbeth's poor playwright brother Peter is in love with Claire, even though he just got married in Vegas to sassy To-Bel, a woman he barely knows. Meanwhile, Claire's houseboy Juan and Lisbeth's bisexual chauffeur bet on which of the two will seduce his cougar boss first. Several other plot points make things even more complicated. It turns out that To-Bel has a secret past. The ghost of Claire's husband Sidney starts ...

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$2,156,471 (USA)
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This was Barret Oliver's final role before his retirement from acting. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Van Kamp: When you get a bunch of rich fat people who are determined to get thin at any cost, some of them are going to die. It's a rule of thumb.
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After the introductory credits the following can be found: 'for L.B. who might have smiled' See more »

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References Crossover Dreams (1985) See more »

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Autumn Sunshine
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Music by Harold Smart
KPM Music Ltd
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whip smart satire
1 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the unsung gems of the 1980's, Scenes... features razor-sharp satire and outstanding performances from Arnetia Walker (how did she not get a ton of roles after this?)and Wallace Shawn. It's a delicious send-up of class warfare and the people in those classes. The writing is hilarious and the characters, while not subtle, are nuanced. And, sorry, but the Asian gangs (if you can call one Japanese guy extorting one of the other characters a "gang") were not put in for "sociological value" as another review implies they should been. The value here lies in what the movie is making fun of and in the sparklingly wicked way it does it. I found it creative, funny, and idiosyncratic.


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