"Much ado about nothing. Well, something. But not much."
Breasts and vibrators and periods and menstral straps and stunt breasts and bad underwear and 70's TV shows and bad houses and Kevin "The Fuckin Man" Corrigan... those are the good points.Boring story, unlikeable characters, plot that goes nowhere, a score that sounds like it was done by an "Oompah" band.... that's the down side.
Natasha Lyonne is Vivian, a girl hitting "that" age, living with a senior citizen dad and two bonehead brothers, moving from house to house to avoid paying rent while still staying in the Beverly Hiils school district.
Dad (Alan Arkin) is broke and takes on the task of looking after his rich brother's drugfucked daughter (Marissa "Thank You Mr Palance" Tomei) in return for the cash the family needs to move up in the apartment market.
So what's the point? Really, it sounds more intriguing than it is. Nothing really happens. It's like "oh, look. She had a period. BAHA."
Okay, so I'm not a teenage Jewish girl with oversized breasts, surrounded by dickhead brothers and prone to dancing with a vibrator to 70's funk... so maybe I just didn't get it. Or maybe there wasn't much to really get.
The cast are fine. The brothers are annoying in the extreme (what was required) without being too hateable. Tomei's space cadet was also a pain, yet still likeable. Arkin is Arkin, he never falters, he never peaks, he's just Arkin. Lyonne is an amnple lead but the real star for me was Kevin Corrigan as Lyonne's drugdealing boyfriend.
Corrigan has always been underrated and was great in Buffalo '66 and Bandwagon, but here he's again perfect for his role. The dude will be big.Slums Of Beverly Hills is not a bad film. It's just not a great one. Make it a renter. Unless you're a teenage girl with big boobs. In which case make it a dollar theatre jobby.