Initial DVD release
January 19, 1999
August 14, 1998 (1998-08-14) (US)November 27, 1998 (1998-11-27) (UK)
Mena Suvari(Rachel Hoffman),
All Ladies Do It,
Growing Up is Hard to Do
Slums of beverly hills 1998 trailer
Slums of Beverly Hills is a 1998 American comedy film written and directed by Tamara Jenkins, and starring Natasha Lyonne, Alan Arkin, Marisa Tomei, David Krumholtz, Kevin Corrigan, Jessica Walter and Carl Reiner. Its protagonist is a teenage girl (Lyonne) struggling to grow up in the late 1970s in a lower-middle-class nomadic Jewish family that moves every few months.
The film barely earned back its budget, and thus is not considered a box office success. It received mixed to positive critical reviews, and gradually became a cult classic.
Fourteen-year-old Vivian Abromowitz's family are penniless nomads, moving from one cheap apartment to another in Beverly Hills in 1976, so that Vivian (Natasha Lyonne) and her brothers can attend the city's prestigious schools. Their father, Murray (Alan Arkin), is a divorced 65-year-old who refuses to retire, working as an unsuccessful Oldsmobile salesman whose cars are selling poorly due in large part to the Energy crisis of the time.
Vivian's wealthy Uncle Mickey (Carl Reiner) regularly sends the family money to help them survive. When Mickey's 29-year-old daughter Rita (Marisa Tomei) runs away from a rehab facility, Murray offers her shelter if Mickey will pay for a plush apartment. 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, Eliot (Kevin Corrigan), has inherited her mother's ample breasts, and wants a family that doesn't embarrass her.
Vivian's older brother Ben (David Krumholtz) aspires to a show business career, while her dad aspires to feminine companionship but won't give in to wealthy lady-friend Doris Zimmerman's (Jessica Walter) desire that he send his kids back East to live with his exwife. Vivian's younger brother Rickey (Eli Marienthal) simply aspires to get attention.
Vivian and Rita are close and speak sometimes in their own invented language. Vivian learns that Rita has no desire to attend nursing school and also has no clue as to what to do with her life. Murray attempts to cover up Rita's lack of progress at nursing school, when Mickey asks for progress reports. Eventually, Mickey, frustrated at having to support his brother's family and also learning of their deception concerning his daughter (who is pregnant), explodes during a meeting between the two families, telling Murray he's tired of sending them money. Depressed and dejected, Murray once again packs the kids into his car and they take off. In an attempt to cheer her father up, Vivian suggests that the family stop for steak for breakfast—a ritual regularly shared by the family as a means of cheering themselves up.
According to Box Office Mojo, Slums of Beverly Hills earned a total of $5,502,773 in the domestic box office. On its opening weekend it garnered $125,561.
The movie received positive to mixed reviews from critics. The design of the seventies, the humor and the acting have been described as "dead-on".
ReferencesSlums of Beverly Hills Wikipedia
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