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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
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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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Taglines:

Take it from Vivian. The biggest problem in the country isn't money or drugs. It's breasts. 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

The film was going to be financed by the American Playhouse company, until it went out of business. The former head of Playhouse, Lindsay Law, became head of Fox Searchlight and was able to set this project up there. 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

Vivian: You dropped out of high school?
Eliot: It was an option. I wanted to join the workforce.
Vivian: What do you do?
Eliot: Sell pot.
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Connections

References All in the Family (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Excellent and original family drama
14 November 2004 | by noizymeSee all my reviews

Natasha Lyonne stars as a teenage girl growing up in various slums in Beverley Hills, but her family cannot necessarily afford to live in them. After moving around for most of her life, her family's finally found a place to call home with help from her uncle's money. The catch is that they have to watch after their troubled daughter (Marisa Tomei) and make sure that she makes a transition from drugs to a career worthy of their name.

That's not spoiling so much, I don't think, because the movie has much more depth than that. This very original drama/comedy features a great, universal struggle of living without proper means and making life work. It's a coming-of-age film for Lyonne's character who sees the beginnings of her womanhood, struggles of relationships, and maintaining her family's name and reputation through whatever means possible.

It's really touching how the Abromowitzes handle themselves and make each others' experiences memorable. The aging father (Alan Arkin) is truly memorable in this film for his struggles in finding out an end to poverty and loneliness without his wife. A great film altogether, not very long (only about 1 hr. 30 min), and easy to watch all the way through. Definitely a buy on DVD (even if the special features aren't all that special). I gave it an 8/10.


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