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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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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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

Body doubles were used for Natasha Lyonne and Marisa Tomei's nude scenes. 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: Are you starring at my breasts?
Eliot: No!
Vivian: [lifts up her shirt] Well look at them!
Eliot: Ok...
Vivian: What do they make you think?
Eliot: I don't know
Vivian: Do they looked deformed?
Eliot: No, they look beautiful!
Vivian: Do you want to touch them?
Eliot: Ok.
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Connections

References Valley of the Dolls (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Let Your Love Flow
Performed by Bellamy Brothers
Courtesy of Curb Music Company
Written by Larry E Wiliams (as Larry E. Williams)
Published by Figs. D Music, Inc. (BMI)
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Sad little movie
18 September 1999 | by Abby-9See all my reviews

This is a Jewish movie with the missing mom being a really key component. In the scene with Viv looking at the remote figure of the mom with two daughters as they leave to go shopping -- even (or especially) this mom who says big breasts are out of date, and who has provided her daughter with a nose job -- there is clear yearning for and respect for a mother. And in the responsibilities Viv is given and which she takes pretty courageously i'd say, she is a little mother to her family. Cousin Rita Abramovitz, on the other hand, is a female disaster, and Marisa Tomei's performance is spot on. Again, not comic. Human feeling and weakness showing through veneer of sexual energy. Our culture provides for sex first. Sex sells. There's a temporary sense of power, but this is not what people are. And Tomei gets that across. She disentigrates into illness. Elliott the pot dealer is drawn with accuracy and tenderness, recalling people i knew back then and illuminating them for me. The scene that was key for me in this motion picture is the father at his restaurant(with hair on his head in a lovely flashback)dealing with his cook. The meat. Could move the setting from Beverly Hills to the LaBrea tarpits . . . watching living creatures thrash and sink in the black goo of materialism.


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