With only the plan of moving in together after high school, two unusually devious friends seek direction in life. As a mere gag, they respond to a man's newspaper ad for a date, only to find it will greatly complicate their lives.
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
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 »
The address of the apartment complex where they stay is around 12000, but from the street the address is 425. See more »
[Eliot and Viv are giving Rita a lift to her boyfriend's place]
All right, we're close. I know this neighborhood. I do a lot of business up here.
Really? What do you do?
He deals drugs.
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.
Oh, I don't mind. In fact, do you have anything for my nerves? You know, just laying around?
Seconal, Demerol, Tuinal, Valium, ...
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Before the Next Teardrop
Performed by Freddy Fender
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
Written by Ben Peters, Vivian Keith
Published by Shelby Singleton Music, Inc. (BMI) See more »
I'm surprised at this film's low rating. I remember really liking this when I saw it in the theatre back in 1998.
I didn't realize until coming here to write this comment that Tamara Jenkins directed this. She directed one of my favorite films from a couple of years ago, "The Savages." No wonder I liked this one as well.
"Slums of Beverly Hills" is a female coming of age story featuring an appealing Natasha Lyonne, who enjoyed a brief period of productivity in the late 90s and since has seemed to disappear from the scene. It's a quirky, very funny little film, not about any big theme but rather about a bunch of little ones. There's an especially hilarious scene featuring Lyonne, Marisa Tomei and a vibrator.
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