Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)
Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 60
Fresh: 48 | Rotten: 12
Warm, real, and hilarious.
Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 1
Warm, real, and hilarious.
Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 8,588
Tamara Jenkins wrote and directed this comedy-drama depicting the experience of growing up poor in the 90210 zip code, told from the point of view of Vivian Abramowitz (Natasha Lyonne), a teen who lives a nomadic existence in the outskirts of Beverly Hills with her single, divorced father, Murray (Alan Arkin) and her two young brothers (David Krumholtz, Eli Marienthal). As Murray tries to keep the family in the Beverly Hills school district, the family moves into a one-bedroom apartment in a
Aug 14, 1998 Wide
Jan 19, 1999
20th Century Fox
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Funny, well acted comedy from a new director whose career shuld be watched
Though hypocritical in the way it sensationalizes sexuality, this serious and funny 1998 movie about a 15-year-old coming to terms with her body and her family in 1976 is, refreshingly, never coy or ironic.
A small film with plenty of incidental pleasures, writer/director Jenkins' debut feature puts a winning new spin on the adolescent comedy-drama.
There's an alchemy that can transform personal experience into a great film, but it was nowhere nearby when Tamara Jenkins wrote and directed this lacklustre first feature.
What lifts this brash comedy above the vulgar herd is Tamara Jenkins in a heartfelt feature debut as writer and director.
Generally Jenkins shows few rookie jitters, and she got excellent performances from the rest of her cast.
Uneven but filled with flashes of painful insight into the pitfalls awaiting adolescent girls.
not as bad as the title makes it sound
Not much humor here. The statement about white trash is lost in an incest subplot. Just a mess.
A marvelous, fresh new coming-of-age comedy-drama, one that breathes fresh new life into the genre.
Intelligent, humorous and thoroughly poignant, this can easily hold its own with the best comedies of the year.
Terrific performances from Alan Arkin and Natasha Lyonne dominate this engrossing look at a financially strapped Jewish family trying to survive despite their penury.
Ultimately it's all a bit predictable -- the cyclical story more or less ends where it begins -- but it's nevertheless a charming and delightful romp, with keen observations about character, time and place.
This zany comedy written and directed by Tamara Jenkins is filled with humorous takes on sexuality in the 1970s.
It's hard for me to sympathize with people I don't like, and except for Lyonne's character I didn't like anyone in the story.
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