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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 <>

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Never judge a girl by her address. 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:

14 August 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les taudis de Beverly Hills  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


When Rita is checking Mickey's pulse on the shot facing him is arm is on the table. On the shot facing her, his arm is raised off the table. See more »


Murray Samuel Abromowitz: Who the hell is that on your shirt?
Eliot: Charles Manson, sir.
Murray Samuel Abromowitz: Okay...
[to family]
Murray Samuel Abromowitz: Your sister gets the bedroom.
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References Green Acres (1965) See more »


Luck Be a Lady
Written by Frank Loesser
Published by Frank Music Corp. (ASCAP)
Performed by David Krumholtz (uncredited)
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Mindless fun
29 November 2003 | by (Cleveland, OH) – See all my reviews

Very enjoyable movie about a family guaranteed to make yours look more appealing.

Reminds us all why the 1970's should never be repeated.

Several memorable lines from an outstanding cast.

Underappreciated movie that deserves more recognition, highly recommend viewing for some adult humor.

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