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21 out of 21 people found the following review useful:

No grit and grime.Just glamour and glitz for Troop Beverly Hills!

9/10
Author: BettieTeese from Australia
12 March 2005

If only all girls scouts were as fun as Troop Beverly Hills! The film about a down and out divorced house wife with a passion for fashion becoming a girl's scout leader is both hilarious,exciting and thoroughly entertaining.Comedic actress Shelley Long shines as Phyllis Nefler,the woman who dares to make alterations to her daughter's scout uniform,and modify the location of their bushland camping trips to the Beverly Hills Hotel! Phyllis rejects traditional scout activities such as bush walking for manicures and pedicures,preferring her troops to live in the lap of luxury.Needless to say,the girls adore her,the leaders of the other scout groups despise her,and this is all makes the delightful,hilarious and wacky comedy that is Troop Beverly Hills!

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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

The Girl Scouts...Beverly Hills style.

6/10
Author: Pepper Anne from Orlando, Florida
14 April 2004

Troop Beverly Hills is a funny movie for pre-teen girls. Goofy Shelly Long plays eccentric Beverly Hills mom, Phyllis Nefler, who decides to get involved with her daughter's life and prove that she can do things for herself (sort of), so she becomes troop leader of her daughter's Wilderness Girl's squad.

This proves to be an embarrassing experience for the young girls, seeking some much needed leadership from their mother who can't seem to gain independence from the luxuries of her Beverly Hills lifestyle. But, once the pack is forced to compete with an aggressive, survival squad of hard core rival troopers, Phyllis and her team, tired of being a laughing stock (and also because Phyllis wants to gain her daughter's confidence and respect) are going to prove that they're not just a bunch of whiny rich girls from Beverly Hills.

80s fans will probably recognize many of the young troopers (from Jenny Lewis to Kelli Martin to Tori Spelling), and I'm sure pre-teen girls are sure to like the movie for it's silly story, young female cast, and the goofy antics of Shelly Long. It's a hilarious little movie with a good message for kids about the importance of female independence (Phyllis doesn't want her husband to think she can't fend for herself without a man's guidance) as well as individual confidence. It's bona fide family fun.

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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

adorable!

Author: anonymous from Pittsburgh, PA
27 June 1999

A stereotypical portrayal of a Beverly Hills "Wilderness Girls" troup of pre-adolescent girls and their flighty but maternal leader, Phyllis Neffler, played by Shelley Long. Phyllis is going through a "terribly messy divorce" to her husband Fred the Muffler Man and decides on a whim to take over her daughter, Hannah's troup. The group encounters many problems that spawn from the jealousy of Velda Plender, the organization's leader who resents the rather "untraditional" ways of the Beverly Hills troup. All of these hilarious incidents lead up to the Wilderness jambouree where... oh see for yourself! Although not particularly deep, this movie is sentimental, hilarious, and adorable all rolled into one. The antics of the sheltered Beverly Hills troup are guaranteed to make you laugh. This movie is definitely a must see!

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

hilarious Beverly Hills house wife proves that you don't have to have bad hair, no makeup or discount clothes to be a true wilderness girl...

10/10
Author: aquajock06 from United States
17 August 2005

this movie is for anyone who can laugh at their own ridiculousness and still look utterly fabulous doing it. Shelley long is uproarious and reminds us all of what we loved about the 80's...EXCESS!! big hair, big fashion, big money and big fun! i know i wish i had Mrs. Phylis Neffler for my mom. she has the ability to make you laugh till your gut hurts and still let you know that she cares and would do anything for you..even camp with dirt and bugs and rain. many people who have never had money cant appreciate a lot of the comedy because they have never experienced what its like to have nothing to do all day but shop. and some may be offended because they believe that Beverly hills kids really do act as such, but living not too far from Beverly Hills makes it all the more hilarious. this movie is a classic and anyone who says otherwise doesn't have much of a sense of humor..probably a bad childhood or something...whatever...GO TROOP BEVERLY HILLS!

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Predictable, yet fun (some spoliers ahead)

10/10
Author: labyrinth640
10 July 2003

Ok, so the plot's quite predictable, so what? I was still able to watch it and fully enjoy it. The story is about a lady from Beverly Hills whom decides to take over her daughter's girl scout troop. Some of the lines were absoultley priceless, the acting wasn't top notch, however, Carla Gugino pulls off her scenes really well, especially when her parents forgot her birthday. Sure, the plot was not new, yet, there was something refreshing that I got out of it. This movie made me laugh until I cried, I really enjoyed it. Another cool scene was when the troop was singing cookietime, I was rolling on the floor with laughter. This is, all in all, a family film, and it's in my opinion a classic, a gem of a movie. ********** stars and two thumbs way up, don't pass up an opportunity to see this movie!

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

forget the critics; this is a fine family film

10/10
Author: Michael Lionel from new york city
16 February 2001

For those who have forgotten their childhood (and if you want some examples, the film critics serve nicely), this movie is inane and not worth the price of a video rental. For those who *do* remember their childhood -- with its mishmash of heartbreak and joy but never-failing optimism -- then this film is for you and your kids. Its *target* audience (are you listening, critics?) is well served by this comedy, which along with its many laughs gives young people serious lessons in the meaning of loyalty and friendship, the sacrifices we're sometimes called upon to make for those we love, and the need for redemption. Sounds a little too heavy for a comedy? Well, not really. It's all packaged into a frothy romp that makes the lessons go down like a spoonful of sugar, to paraphrase a famous lyric. So what if it's not Noel Coward? It's a light-hearted adventure through the roller-coaster ride of childhood which will delight any youngster, including those of us who still remember those days.

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Silliness Galore

9/10
Author: (mgmphilip) from Denver, CO
16 November 2000

Pure Silliness makes this one a classic. I loved it as a child and continue to watch it as I grow up I recommend this picture to anyone who enjoys a silly good time. Oh and they have to be able to stand Shelly Long, which I've noticed some people can't. Oh well their loss. Beverly Hills What A Thrill!!

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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful:

Passable family fun

Author: t_brown_17 (t_brown_17@yahoo.com) from Wapakoneta, Ohio
14 December 2000

Cute enough and harmless enough to qualify as passable family entertainment, this movie aims for the kiddie humor, and succeeds. Shelley Long is a delight, and Craig T. Nelson portrays, well, Craig T. Nelson. This isn't great by any means, but high-spirited and upbeat.

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Hollywoodland Adventure!

7/10
Author: robinpoe from United States
5 July 2005

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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Rich People are People Too Darn it!

Author: leland6914
25 December 2003

Let's say it together, "Troop Beverly Hills Sucks." However, I can't stop watching it. What's wrong with me? This movie is like the moon, all cheese, but its campy 80s cheese at the peak of its cheesiness. No decade other than the 80s could have produced this film, as it has a direct not so subtle attitude of "rich people get a bad rap." So what if they don't like camping or first aid or low budget shopping, they can 'survive' in the "wild of Beverly Hills." It may just be me, but this is an extremely shallow movie and yet it is never ashamed of being so. Even in the troops redemption at 'real' camp the troop comes off as a bunch of whiny rich kids. You can't help but side with the pesimistic outlook of ms. Plendor towards the troop, because they're a bunch of spoiled brats who don't know what nature or hard work are. No true realization of the err of their way by the troop and Nefler and thus the film remains a cocky culmination of rich ideas and attitudes from the opening animated title sequence to the end credits. However, its so dated that one can't help but be engrossed by its themes as ridiculous. Plus Craig T. Nelson (Coach himself) is in it along with a brief cameo by Cheech Marin ("Anie Herman, bo-yoi-yoi-yoi-yoing!") so it has its moments. Its fun to look at the young girls of 1989 Hollywood, which include Carla Gugino ("Son In Law" TV's "Karen Sisco" and 1st season of "Spin City"), Heather Hopper ("Saved By The Bell"'s Nikki) ,Kellie Martin ("Life Goes On", "ER"), Emily Schulman (the sister in the freakish 80s TV show "Small Wonder"), and Jenny Lewis (The Red Hed in "The Wizard") they capture a decade of idiocy and greed so well its fun to watch and scoff at the film's shallow message. Plus you'll probably have that darn cookie song stuck in your head for weeks. For Quality, Grade:D, for repeat watchability, Grade:B+.

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