A soon to be divorced Beverly Hills socialite is determined to prove to her husband and herself that she can finish what she starts out to do, by becoming a den mother to a troop of Beverly Hills Girl Scouts.
As Phyllis, a Beverly Hills housewife, is in the middle of a divorce, she tries to find focus in her life by taking over her daughter Hannah's Wilderness Girl troop. Among the girls are Tiffany, (who her father has to bribe to attend meetings, Emily (the daughter of an out of work actor, whose financial difficulties hinders her wanting to participate in certain activities), the neurotic Tessa (whose parents divorce has forced her into therapy twice a week), the hostile Chica (whose parents are too busy with their own lives to even remember her birthday), and Claire (the child star who see the wilderness girls as her chance to lead a "normal" life). Phyllis then begins to take the girls camping at a Beverly Hills hotel and earn patches relating to material things. The district leader, Velda, feels the troop should be disbanded. However, the head of the Wilderness girls organization believes that as long as Phyllis has taken an active interest in the girls, that is the only thing that's... Written by
The actress who played "Chica" turned 16 during the production, so she was much older and quite a bit taller than the other girls. You can often see tricks being employed to mask the height difference. She's in the back row and slouching during the dance numbers. In the scene where they're sitting on the floor in the living room for their troop meeting, the girls around her are sitting up on pillows. See more »
When Lilly arrives for the first meeting and Phyllis runs over to greet her parents, the camera is reflected in the limo's window when the Dictator rolls it up. See more »
Why don't you guys just kiss and make up? That way, I won't end up in therapy twice a week, like Tessa!
Honey, you'll be much less neurotic if your parents are happily divorced, rather than unhappily married.
Thank you, Phil Donahue.
I saw it on Oprah!
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In the opening credits, actor Edd Byrnes name appears on a comb. This is a reference to a character Byrnes played named Kooky in the TV show 77 Sunset Strip. Kooky often combed his hair. A song was written about it called, "Kooky, Lend Me Your Comb". See more »
Family fare for an entertaining evening at home. The problem of divorce is posed in this film without detracting from the value of marriage. Shelley Long portrays a bored Beverly Hills wife whose husband is leaving her for another woman. Deciding to make something of her life she volunteers to be the leader for her daughter's "wilderness girls" troop (I guess they couldn't get the rights to girl scouts). Shelley Long is a hoot as she tries to make it through a camp-out without getting her nails ruined. Both her and her troop of pampered Beverly Hills princesses learn valuable lessons in character, courage, and friendship with a super happy ending (no spoiler). Great mother-daughter movie.
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