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Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)

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In 1976, a lower-middle-class teenager struggles to cope living with her neurotic family of nomads on the outskirts of Beverly Hills.

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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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Growing Up Is Hard To Do See more »

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

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11 September 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les taudis de Beverly Hills  »

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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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The 1954 hit song "Papa Loves Mambo" by Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra is featured in the trailer. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Vivian: You dropped out of high school?
Eliot: It was an option. I wanted to join the workforce.
Vivian: What do you do?
Eliot: I sell pot.
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Features Green Acres (1965) See more »

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The Morning After
From the Twentieth Century Fox Motion Picture The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
Written by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn (as Joel Hirschorn)
Arranged by Rolfe Kent
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Funny and smart film part of welcome new trend
7 February 1999 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

With this film, writer-director Tamara Jenkins joins a growing list of women writers and/or directors who are making films about women which avoid the sentimental claptrap of Hollywood "women's films." Recent examples include I LIKE IT LIKE THAT and WALKING AND TALKING, which are funny and honest without falling into the STEEL MAGNOLIAS trap. The humor is a bit broader than in the above movies listed, but it's still funny (especially the scene with the vibrator), and although Jenkins doesn't always have a handle on the plot, there's a lot of honesty about lower-class people who just want a regular life.

Natasha Lyonne proves her performance in EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU was no fluke in the main role of Vivian, whose confusion mirrors her family's. Alan Arkin is nicely reined in as her dad, and his scene with Carl Reiner(playing his brother) is just wonderful. Though Marisa Tomei was good in a small role in WELCOME TO SARAJEVO, this is her first really good performance since 1993's UNTAMED HEART, showing not only the flakiness that gets her into trouble, but also the uninhibited nature, vulnerability, and strength that make Vivian look up to her and Arkin able to talk to her (and more, in a misguided scene). Highly recommended.


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