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Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  14 August 1998 (USA)
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This semiautobiographical story follows a lower-middle-class teenager (Lyonne) and her neurotic family in 1976 Tinseltown.

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Vivian's family are penniless nomads, moving from one cheap flat to another in Beverly Hills so she and her brothers can attend the city's schools. Uncle Mickey sends them money to survive. When Mickey's daughter Rita runs away from an asylum, Vivian's dad offers shelter to her if Mickey will pay for a plush flat. Vivian must babysit her adult cousin, making sure she gets to nursing school and avoids pills and booze. But Vivian has her own problems: she's curious about sex, likes an older neighbor kid, has inherited her mother's ample breasts, and wants a family that doesn't embarrass her. Can she help Rita, keep Uncle Mickey happy, and feel OK about her body and her family? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Take it from Vivian. The biggest problem in the country isn't money or drugs. It's breasts. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for strong sexual situations, nudity, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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14 August 1998 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$125,561 (USA) (14 August 1998)

Gross:

$5,480,318 (USA) (4 December 1998)
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Trivia

The film was going to be financed by the American Playhouse company but then it went out of business. The former head of Playhouse, Lindsay Law, became head of Fox Searchlight and was able to set this project up there. See more »

Goofs

In the closing credits, the word "Soundtrack" is spelled incorrectly as "Sountrack". See more »

Quotes

Vivian: Are you starring at my breasts?
Eliot: No!
Vivian: [lifts up her shirt] Well look at them!
Eliot: Ok...
Vivian: What do they make you think?
Eliot: I don't know
Vivian: Do they looked deformed?
Eliot: No, they look beautiful!
Vivian: Do you want to touch them?
Eliot: Ok.
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Connections

Referenced in The Riches: Slums of Bayou Hills (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Let Your Love Flow
Performed by Bellamy Brothers
Courtesy of Curb Music Company
Written by Larry E. Williams
Published by Figs. D Music, Inc. (BMI)
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Excellent and original family drama
14 November 2004 | by (Escondido, CA) – See all my reviews

Natasha Lyonne stars as a teenage girl growing up in various slums in Beverley Hills, but her family cannot necessarily afford to live in them. After moving around for most of her life, her family's finally found a place to call home with help from her uncle's money. The catch is that they have to watch after their troubled daughter (Marisa Tomei) and make sure that she makes a transition from drugs to a career worthy of their name.

That's not spoiling so much, I don't think, because the movie has much more depth than that. This very original drama/comedy features a great, universal struggle of living without proper means and making life work. It's a coming-of-age film for Lyonne's character who sees the beginnings of her womanhood, struggles of relationships, and maintaining her family's name and reputation through whatever means possible.

It's really touching how the Abromowitzes handle themselves and make each others' experiences memorable. The aging father (Alan Arkin) is truly memorable in this film for his struggles in finding out an end to poverty and loneliness without his wife. A great film altogether, not very long (only about 1 hr. 30 min), and easy to watch all the way through. Definitely a buy on DVD (even if the special features aren't all that special). I gave it an 8/10.


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