Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  11 September 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan Burns ...
Cop in Station
Harris Laskawy ...
Charlie the Cook
Mrs. Hoffman
Jock MacDonald ...
Man at Brymans


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 <>

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It's 1976. Meet Vivian. A symbol of her time- not her place. See more »


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

11 September 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les taudis de Beverly Hills  »

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Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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Body doubles were used for Natasha Lyonne and Marisa Tomei's nude scenes. See more »


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


Eliot: [looking at his backseat] There's blood. Do you still have your period?
Vivian: No, I would've warned you.
Eliot: What just happened here?
Vivian: ...Let's just get dressed.
Eliot: Are you telling me I popped your cherry?
Vivian: I didn't want to make a big deal out of it. I just wanted to get it over with. No ceremony.
Eliot: That puts a lot of pressure on a man. Did you think of that? Did you think of me? You know what this makes me? A criminal. On 2 counts! Devirginizing a minor.
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This movie is cinema distilled to its truest and purest essence
8 August 2004 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

Now, I am a middle aged male movie buff, and although I like and have watched lots of movies, and all kinds of movies, comedies are not that high on my list, generally speaking. When I read the tv guide, it said this movie was a comedy. So I tuned in, expecting to not be too excited about the movie.

I tuned in about 10 minutes after the start of the movie, and gave the movie my partial attention. But within 2 or 3 minutes, this movie had my full attention. I could see right away this one was something special. It comes as close to depicting a genuine species of lower middle class family life as I have ever seen. It is a real gem.

And it is not really a true comedy, although it is quite funny sometimes. It sort of defies definition or categorization. Sort of wry and humorous exploration of the dynamics of a typical struggling, lower-middle class family.

No fancy camera angles. Not a special effect in sight (and I have enjoyed many movies with fancy camera angles and special effects--I am no snob). But this movie is cinema stripped to its bare essence. Just pure script and acting. And what a script.

Marisa Tomei is incredible. She should have won the Oscar for this one.

See it!

BTW, I cannot believe the lady who scripted and directed this one has not gone on to do more directing or writing! What a waste of talent!

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