Slums of Beverly Hills

1998

Action / Comedy / Drama

56
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 80%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 68%
IMDb Rating 6.6 10 10484

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Marisa Tomei as Rita
Mena Suvari as Rachel
Natasha Lyonne as Vivian
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Reviewed by name lastname 1 / 10

It's just so boring.

Everything is such a generic cliché - a never-do well embarrassing father, a jerk of an older brother, a brat of a little one, a girl who is ashamed of her growing breasts, a junkie of a cousin, blah blah, everyone is so stupid and does such stupid things it hurts, a generic cliché story, distilled by bad and an occasional good joke. Jaw-breakingly while yawning boring.

Reviewed by big-gun 7 / 10

Does Poor Mean Poor?

Slums of Beverly Hills is one of those movies that can make you laugh and touch your heart within the same scene.

The beautiful and talented Natasha Lyonne plays the part of Vivian who, with her brothers and her father (Alan Arkin), skip from one cheap apartment to another trying to stay within the Beverly Hills city limits. Murray (Arkin) likes the schools.

Vivian has her own issues to deal with. She hates that they move so much, she hates that they're poor, she hates her boobs. But she likes Eliot (Kevin Corrigan), the pot dealer next door.

As if all this isn't enough, enter Rita (Marisa Tomei), Vivian's promiscuous, drinking, pill popping cousin. Her father doesn't know what to do with her, so Murray offers to take her in, if her father will finance a bigger and nicer apartment for them. One disaster follows another as their family situation implodes. Carl Reiner and Rita Moreno have a cameo as Rita's parents.

There is a moral to the story. Money doesn't buy happiness. We've all heard that one before. It proves true in this case, as Vivian and her amusingly dysfunctional family do have one thing her rich relatives do not. When all's said and done, they have each other.

Reviewed by jadavix 7 / 10

A good movie

This is an interesting film about a teenage girl whose "nomadic family" is constantly moving around to different motels so that the kids can attend better schools. Watching it for the first time, I got the impression the kids didn't go to school at all; that they were on the run or something. The lack of budget shows in this way: there are no scenes set in a school, just motels and restaurants. The kids may not in fact be stuck in these locations all the time, but the movie makes it seem that they are.

The performances, however, are fantastic, and make you wonder why Natasha Lyonne didn't have a bigger career. She is lovable and fantastic and makes you realise Lyonne deserved more than being known as the other girl from American Pie. Tomei is also great, as always, as the free spirited older cousin.

I could've done without the embarrassing schlub older brother and the bratty younger one. Broad archetypes only there to show how embarrassing Lyonne's family is.

I also did not understand a certain decision she made in regard to another male toward the end of the movie (Kevin Corrigan, as the love interest, is a refreshingly three dimensional character when love interests are usually just clichés in movies like this). Lyonne chooses to accept her nomadic family. Good for her I... guess?

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