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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.

Director:

Tamara Jenkins

Writer:

Tamara Jenkins
9 nominations. See more awards »

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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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It's 1976. Meet Vivian. A symbol of her time- not her place. 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 »

Filming Locations:

Beverly Hills, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

With the film taking place in 1976, the Boeing 737 shown landing was a "classic" or a "next generation" model, these were not introduced until the 1980's. See more »

Goofs

Rita's hair switches from over her shoulder to on her back when she speaks to Vivian before they tell Rita's parents what she has, or hasn't learned at nurses school. See more »

Quotes

Vivian: [narrating] I used to think the good life was somewhere just outside the window of my father's car. But now I see it's on the inside.
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Soundtracks

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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Occasionally good, but mostly broad, comic timewaster
28 January 1999 | by pooch-8See all my reviews

Bright performances are the reason to see Tamara Jenkins' Slums of Beverly Hills, since the situations offered up by the writing consist of the usual comedic complications writers call "quirky" and "zany." Following the nomadic existence of Murray Abramovitz (Alan Arkin), a 65-year-old wash-out father of two teenagers and their kid brother, the movie focuses on Vivian (Natasha Lyonne) the single-parent family's lone female. Vivian is exasperated by her newly sprouted breasts, and a significant measure of the film's comedy arises from this singular obsession. Most out of place is Marisa Tomei, who plays the flaky, pregnant, basket case of a cousin who comes to live with the family. Jenkins would have done well to leave out this completely unnecessary character and devote more time to the challenges faced by Vivian.


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