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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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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Did You Know?


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


In the scene in the laundry room when Viv meets the girl with the nose job, she is taking the laundry out of the dryer. When we see her take the second item out of the dryer you can clearly see that the dryer still has items in it. But in the next shot she kicks the dryer door shut and picks up the laundry basket to leave. See more »


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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Referenced in RuPaul's Drag Race: RuPaullywood or Bust (2013) See more »


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)
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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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