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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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Tamara Jenkins

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Tamara Jenkins
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natasha Lyonne ... Vivian
Alan Arkin ... Murray
Bryna Weiss ... Saleslady
Marisa Tomei ... Rita
Charlotte Stewart ... Landlady
Eli Marienthal ... Rickey
David Krumholtz ... Ben
Kevin Corrigan ... Eliot
Brendan Burns Brendan Burns ... Cop in Station
Harris Laskawy Harris Laskawy ... Charlie the Cook
Jessica Walter ... Doris
Mena Suvari ... Rachel
Marley McClean Marley McClean ... Brooke
Mary Portser ... Mrs. Hoffman
Jock MacDonald Jock MacDonald ... Man at Brymans
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les taudis de Beverly Hills See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$125,561, 16 August 1998

Gross USA:

$5,502,773

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,502,773
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The nursing school exterior is actually the Montebello Library. See more »

Goofs

In Vivian's two nude scenes, her breasts are obviously (different) body doubles. The breasts of the doubles differ greatly from each other, in terms of size and shape. Also, her face is never shown during these scenes. See more »

Quotes

[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?
[rapidly]
Rita Abromowitz: Seconal, Demerol, Tuinal, Valium, ...
[...]
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Referenced in RuPaul's Drag Race: RuPaullywood or Bust (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

I'd Love to Change the World
Performed by Ten Years After
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records, a division of EMI
Under license from EMI-Capitol Special Markets
Written by Alvin Lee
Published by Chrysalis Music (ASCAP)
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Oddball Coming of Age Tale
12 October 2000 | by gbheronSee all my reviews

The Slums of Beverly Hills is a coming-of-age story from the perspective of a young girl. Vivian, the protagonist, is the pubescent member of a roving band of urban gypsies in 1976 Beverly Hills. The band consists solely of her divorcee father, and two brothers; one older and one younger. They don't roam far, just in the confines of the Beverly Hills school district. They are joined by a rehab-fleeing, neurotic female cousin, who becomes a guide for the young Vivian, leading her through the sexual-emotional vicissitudes of teenagerdom. Very clever, and also very heartfelt, The Slums of Beverly Hills really connected with me. I felt for the family. The acting is top flight and this makes up for some grating story lapses. When in the mood for a comedy I highly recommend this movie.


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