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Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)

R  |   |  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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Never judge a girl by her address. 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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Les taudis de Beverly Hills  »

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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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During filming, natasha lyonne was in a car accident on her way to the studio. She apparently hit the steering wheel so hard that she now has a noticeable scar on her chest. Production was shut for a few days before they shot the famous "vibrator scene" where she wears her nightgown pulled up to her neck to disguise the imprint of the steering wheel. See more »

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When Vivian's brother steals food from her plate several times in the Sizzler, he reaches with his left hand, but it is a right hand that grabs the food in the reverse shot. See more »

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[Eliot and Viv are giving Rita a lift to her boyfriend's place]
Eliot: All right, we're close. I know this neighborhood. I do a lot of business up here.
Rita Abromowitz: Really? What do you do?
Vivian: He deals drugs.
Eliot: Vivian! Will you mind not going around misrepresenting me like that? Jesus. I just don't want anyone to the get the wrong idea that I'm like some kind of school yard pusher.
Rita Abromowitz: Oh, I don't mind. In fact, do you have anything for my nerves? You know, just laying around?
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Rita Abromowitz: Seconal, Demerol, Tuinal, Valium, ...
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Soundtracks

You and Your Folks, Me and My Folks
Performed by Funkadelic
Courtesy of Westbound Records, Inc.
Written by George Clinton (as George Clinton Jr.), Clarence Haskins, William B. Nelson,
Bernie Worrell (as Bernard G. Worrell)
Published by Bridgeport Music, Inc. (BMI)
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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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