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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:
... Vivian
... Murray
... Saleslady
... Rita
... Landlady
... Rickey
... Ben
... Eliot
Brendan Burns ... Cop in Station
Harris Laskawy ... Charlie the Cook
... Doris
... Rachel
Marley McClean ... Brooke
... Mrs. Hoffman
... 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 »

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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11 September 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les taudis de Beverly Hills  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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During filming, Natasha Lyonne was in a car accident on her way to the studio. She apparently hit the steering wheel so hard that she now has a noticeable scar on her chest. Production was shut for a few days before they shot the famous "vibrator scene" where she wears her nightgown pulled up to her neck to disguise the imprint of the steering wheel. See more »

Goofs

When Vivian's brother steals food from her plate several times in the Sizzler, he reaches with his left hand, but it is a right hand that grabs the food in the reverse shot. 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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Featured in Beyond Clueless (2014) See more »

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Let's Make a Deal - Theme Song
Performed by Stan Worth & His Orchestra
Written by Sheldon Allman, Marilyn Hall
Published by Friday Music (BMI)
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Funny, Quirky Coming of Age Story
22 June 2010 | by See all my reviews

I'm surprised at this film's low rating. I remember really liking this when I saw it in the theatre back in 1998.

I didn't realize until coming here to write this comment that Tamara Jenkins directed this. She directed one of my favorite films from a couple of years ago, "The Savages." No wonder I liked this one as well.

"Slums of Beverly Hills" is a female coming of age story featuring an appealing Natasha Lyonne, who enjoyed a brief period of productivity in the late 90s and since has seemed to disappear from the scene. It's a quirky, very funny little film, not about any big theme but rather about a bunch of little ones. There's an especially hilarious scene featuring Lyonne, Marisa Tomei and a vibrator.

Grade: A


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