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Down and Out in Beverly Hills

Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)



Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 4

An enjoyable farce that relocates Jean Renoir's Boudu Saved From Drowning to '80s California, offering fine comedic performances from Nick Nolte, Richard Dreyfuss and Bette Midler.


Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 2

An enjoyable farce that relocates Jean Renoir's Boudu Saved From Drowning to '80s California, offering fine comedic performances from Nick Nolte, Richard Dreyfuss and Bette Midler.



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Down and Out in Beverly Hills is an updated remake of the 1932 Jean Renoir film Boudu Saved From Drowning. Philandering businessman Dave Whiteman (Richard Dreyfuss) rescues scraggly tramp Jerry Baskin (Nick Nolte) from drowning himself in Dave's swimming pool. Much against his will, Jerry is invited to enjoy the hospitality of Dave, his social-climbing wife, Barbara (Bette Midler), and their sexually ambivalent son, Max (Evan Richards). The hapless hobo bonds only with the family dog, Matisse,



Aug 13, 2002

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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (4) | DVD (2)

On the basically farcical level where it chooses to stay, it is a funny and likable movie.

May 23, 2011 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Although it is more of a comedy of manners than a well-developed story, there are enough yocks and bright moments to make it a thoroughly enjoyable outing.

July 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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This update of Renoir's Boudu Saved from Drowning starts life as a satire on the tribal rites of the new and filthy rich, but goes badly wrong somewhere down the line.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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As a comedy of manners it has a dependably keen aim, with its most wicked barbs leavened by Mr. Mazursky's obvious fondness for his characters.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Let me just say that Down and Out in Beverly Hills made me laugh longer and louder than any film I've seen in a long time.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Paul Mazursky hasn't only remade Jean Renoir's sublime 1931 Boudu Saved From Drowning: he's yuppified it, inverting virtually every meaning until the film becomes a celebration of the crassest kind of materialism.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A single moment of magical realism shows the Babe-that-might-have-been, very charitably speaking, had the makers of this doggie adventure-comedy chosen a more daring and creative route...

October 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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The cast is entirely up to the comic hysteria Mazursky requires of them, though Mike the dog steals whatever scene he is in.

December 4, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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A funny and poignant if also broad reworking of Renoir's classic, Boudu Saved from Drowning, Paul Mazursky's satire also works as a critique of L.A. nouveau riche and their crass lifestyle, reflected, among other things, in the garrish color palette.

July 11, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

funny with bite

July 9, 2005

Three great turns in one side-splitting movie

March 11, 2005

Filled with hilarious incidents and clever one-liners.

August 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Silly but fun, and a big box-office earner.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

One of Mazursky's few completely successful films.

February 19, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

An uneven satire with some wit, but sometimes too strident.

December 25, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

A sparkling social commentary that doesn't skimp on the laughs.

July 26, 2002

Richard Dreyfuss in top form.

July 26, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Down and Out in Beverly Hills

An 80's movie I actually hadn't seen! Bit far fetched, especially the end - only thing that guy would have got in real life was a kicking - but mildly amusing and has the 80's comedy thing going for it.
Glad I had a chance to see it.
March 23, 2014

Super Reviewer

One of the great comedies of the 1980s, blessed with a terrific cast, tells the story of a family of rich, spoiled Beverly Hills residents who take car of a tramp who failed to commit suicide in their pool. There are a few great laughs but the comedy works mostly through the characters and how the hobo ends of putting every inhabitant of the house through his own very special therapy. That's full of irony, very charming and extremely entertaining. Dreyfuss and Midler are perfect as yuppie couple, Nolte nails the tramp outstandingly. And when the Talking Heads sing their hymn "Once in a lifetime" over the final punchline in the end, we know what we always hoped for: at the end of the day, the rich are just as poor as us.
July 19, 2012

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A comical scenarios, with a fun harmless feel to it, an enjoyable feel good movie
January 26, 2011

Super Reviewer

Funny comedy about a tramp who tries to kill himself in a rich family's swimming pool. They take him in. Good cast.
December 31, 2010
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