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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan Burns ...
Cop in Station
Harris Laskawy ...
Charlie the Cook
Marley McClean ...
Mrs. Hoffman
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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Take it from Vivian. The biggest problem in the country isn't money or drugs. It's breasts. 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:

11 September 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les taudis de Beverly Hills  »

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Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$125,561, 16 August 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,480,318, 6 December 1998
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Natasha Lyonne has to play a woman uncomfortable with the attention she gets from growing large natural breasts. Lyonne was given fake prosthetic breasts made out of silicone to play this part. At first, she was excited to play the part while wearing them. Then, director Tamara Jenkins told her to walk around for a day while wearing them. Lyonne came back and told Jenkins, "I get it now." See more »


In the closing credits, the word "Soundtrack" is spelled incorrectly as "Sountrack". See more »


[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?
Rita Abromowitz: 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)
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A Funny And Original Story About Growing Up
18 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

Slums of Beverly Hills is about a teenage girl named Vivian Abromovitz(Natasha Lyonne). The Abromovitz family has this weird thing where they tend to move out every few months. Vivian can't seem to understand her family and is having a hard time growing up with her father and her two brothers. Suddenly vivian's gorgeous but crazy cousin Rita(Marisa Tomei) moves in with her. Rita's dad buys the Ambromovitz family a nice house because they are letting his daughter stay with them. Vivian finally thinks that she has found a home and that they won't be moving out into another dump hole like they did before. But due to some accidents, vivian's dream might not come true but make her realize that she doesn't need a nice place to live in order to be happy with her family. Slums of Beverly Hills was a nice little funny and original movie, besides the fact that they could have choosen someone else to play Vivian, because Natasha Lyonne looks like she's in her late twenties. I would give Slums of Beverly Hills 7.5/10

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