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Overall Rating
3.84

Awesome: 31.15%
Worth A Look42.62%
Average: 13.11%
Pretty Bad: 4.92%
Total Crap: 8.2%

6 reviews, 25 user ratings


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Slums of Beverly Hills
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by Chris Parry

"Much ado about nothing. Well, something. But not much."
3 stars

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.

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originally posted: 11/10/98 19:27:28
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User Comments

9/30/10 art VERY DEPRESSING! 1 stars
3/30/06 Jack Aponte Smart, witty, and thoroughly watchable, again and again. 5 stars
7/02/05 Indrid Cold One of those "look at me I'm INDIE" movies. Pretty good though. 4 stars
3/30/05 Mark Kaufman Awesome film, awseome acting! 5 stars
10/02/03 Anthony Patti This movie was a complete waste of time with no redeeming value. 1 stars
1/04/03 Roy Smith Totally unfunny. Stunned anyone likes this shit at all! 1 stars
4/30/02 katie HILARIOUS! great coming of age movie. one of my favs! 5 stars
2/20/02 Andrew Carden Far-Fetched Teen Comedy With Delicate Subjects Mis-Firing Unfunny Gags. 1 stars
8/14/01 Phil Excellent debut, and a great cast.. Tomei, as always, steals the show. 4 stars
6/20/01 Elvisfan No big deal. Liked Arkin, as always 3 stars
3/13/01 John Unique and surprising! Message really hit home. 5 stars
3/11/01 Jake Funny and Sentimental. Makes Clueless look like a sitcom. 5 stars
3/14/00 Richard Wright Amusing in parts. but the rest is like a 30 minute sit-com extended to an hour and a half. 3 stars
2/06/00 Kyle Broflovski *Gigglegigglesnort* The dancing-with-the vibrator scene was hella funny!! A TRIUMPH!!! 5 stars
10/21/99 Pyro This movie sucks shit, I don't care about a girl having her period!!! 1 stars
9/10/99 Eliza After sitting through this film for the second time I wanted to kill myself. 2 stars
7/12/99 ken heine the pot smoking scenes were cool. 4 stars
7/08/99 sydney a sweet film 4 stars
4/08/99 Michael Grimm sex and drug scenes ruled!!!!!!! 4 stars
9/21/98 Maegs Solid performances by a great cast--I love Carl Reiner! 4 stars
9/09/98 dov booooooooooooring 2 stars
9/07/98 Johny Nothing all that special, had it's moments. I'd give it 2.5. 2 stars
9/06/98 Young Einstein Pretty cool movie. 4 stars
9/02/98 Aslan Grealis Yo, its all about the bzzzzzzz 5 stars
8/22/98 Mister Whoopee Natasha Lyonne is funky as hell. 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  14-Aug-1998 (R)
  DVD: 17-Dec-2002

UK
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Australia
  29-Oct-1998


Directed by
  Tamara Jenkins

Written by
  Tamara Jenkins

Cast
  Natasha Lyonne
  Alan Arkin
  Bryna Weiss
  Marisa Tomei
  David Krumholtz
  Mena Suvari



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