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
The nursing school exterior is actually the Montebello Library. 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 »
Marvel as children deal with their father's madness--well or badly.
Alan Arkin plays Murray Abromowitz, a troubled single father who turns his children's' lives upside-down--again and again--in an attempt to resolve his own inner conflicts. This is all quite charming and funny. That is, until the darker side of his existence begins to surface.
His eldest child Rita (Marissa Tomei) has found a shaky equilibrium away from home, whereas his younger daughter Vivian (Natasha Lyonne) is finding a more graceful way to balance growing up with her father's nuttiness.
Watch as just how Daddy got so screwed up suddenly appears before your very eyes.
Carl Reiner shows up as his successful, snobbish--and sadistic--older brother.
I refuse to spoil the movie for any human being who hasn't seen it yet.
I can't say just how wonderful this movie is!
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