A soon to be divorced Beverly Hills socialite is determined to prove to her husband and herself that she can finish what she starts out to do, by becoming a den mother to a troop of Beverly Hills Girl Scouts.

Director:

Jeff Kanew

Writers:

Ava Ostern Fries (story), Pamela Norris (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shelley Long ... Phyllis Nefler
Craig T. Nelson ... Freddy Nefler
Betty Thomas ... Velda Plendor
Mary Gross ... Annie Herman
Stephanie Beacham ... Vicki Sprantz
Audra Lindley ... Frances Temple
Edd Byrnes ... Ross Coleman
Ami Foster ... Claire Sprantz
Carla Gugino ... Chica Barnfell
Heather Hopper ... Tessa DiBlasio
Kellie Martin ... Emily Coleman
Emily Schulman Emily Schulman ... Tiffany Honigman
Tasha Scott Tasha Scott ... Jasmine Shakar
Aquilina Soriano Aquilina Soriano ... Lily Marcigan
Jenny Lewis ... Hannah Nefler
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Storyline

As Phyllis, a Beverly Hills housewife, is in the middle of a divorce, she tries to find focus in her life by taking over her daughter Hannah's Wilderness Girl troop. Among the girls are Tiffany, (who her father has to bribe to attend meetings, Emily (the daughter of an out of work actor, whose financial difficulties hinders her wanting to participate in certain activities), the neurotic Tessa (whose parents divorce has forced her into therapy twice a week), the hostile Chica (whose parents are too busy with their own lives to even remember her birthday), and Claire (the child star who see the wilderness girls as her chance to lead a "normal" life). Phyllis then begins to take the girls camping at a Beverly Hills hotel and earn patches relating to material things. The district leader, Velda, feels the troop should be disbanded. However, the head of the Wilderness girls organization believes that as long as Phyllis has taken an active interest in the girls, that is the only thing that's... Written by Theresa

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When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Carla Gugino and Heather Hopper both appeared in Good Morning, Miss Bliss. Tori Spelling would later appear in the spin off, Saved By the Bell. See more »

Goofs

When Lilly arrives for the first meeting and Phyllis runs over to greet her parents, the camera is reflected in the limo's window when the Dictator rolls it up. See more »

Quotes

[Last Lines]
[Velda is working as a cashier at a Kmart store after being fired from the Wilderness Girls]
Velda: Attention Kmart shoppers, Blue Light special on aisle 13...
[pauses]
Velda: ... Cookies!
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, actor Edd Byrnes name appears on a comb. This is a reference to a character Byrnes played named Kooky in the TV show 77 Sunset Strip. Kooky often combed his hair. A song was written about it called, "Kooky, Lend Me Your Comb". See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.43 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Twist and Shout
Written by Phil Medley (as P. Medley) and Bert Berns (as B. Russell)
Performed by The Isley Brothers (as Isley Brothers)
Courtesy of Original Sound Entertainment
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Hollywoodland Adventure!
5 July 2005 | by robinpoeSee all my reviews

Family fare for an entertaining evening at home. The problem of divorce is posed in this film without detracting from the value of marriage. Shelley Long portrays a bored Beverly Hills wife whose husband is leaving her for another woman. Deciding to make something of her life she volunteers to be the leader for her daughter's "wilderness girls" troop (I guess they couldn't get the rights to girl scouts). Shelley Long is a hoot as she tries to make it through a camp-out without getting her nails ruined. Both her and her troop of pampered Beverly Hills princesses learn valuable lessons in character, courage, and friendship with a super happy ending (no spoiler). Great mother-daughter movie.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Be Prepared See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,283,443, 26 March 1989

Gross USA:

$8,508,843

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,508,843
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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