Slums of Beverly Hills Reviews
traces the family living in the slum areas of Beverly Hills, California along with a funny take on puberty
it's Natasha Lyonne's starring role, she's always been a supporting player in a lot of projects but here she has a chance to show her acting talents
Vivian is growing up and she has to put up with her father played by Alan Arkin trying to still feel young and provide for his children all while moving from place to place
her body is changing, she has new feelings, and she has to stand up on her own
it also doesn't help her screw-up of an aunt played by Marisa Tomei comes in and barely has a clue what to do with herself
the 1976 setting proves to be a clever move on director Tamara Jenkins' part considering drugs and sex surround Vivian at every turn
turns out the real fun isn't outside driving the car in a new place but inside with the ones you love and not knowing where you'll end up next
captures womanhood with glee and humor
It has all the makings of a cult classic.....Good actors in a low budget off the wall comedy full of a good performances.
It's about a family who has little money who move from place to place living outside their means in Beverly Hills so their daughter can go to prestigious schools. They have an uncle Mickey a relative who pays their rent to live beyond their means in Beverly Hills and basically what they go through living outside their comfort zone and the things they encounter. You have Vivian played by Marisa tomei who escapes from rehab who is Mickeys daughter. In turn for him paying the family rent they watch after Vivian
Al Arkin plays the father a 65 year old who refuses retirement. It's just fun to see what the family goes through. It's really good comic writing.
Sweet comedy about growing up in the 70's with a bit of bite to it.
I had a nice time with this movie, I laughed and had a smile throughout
The good. Interesting story with a number of surprising twists. Well paced scenario. Nice acting. Funny with a touch of drama. On a totally different vibe from most other productions.
The actors. Natasha Lyonne uses her rebellious nature to great effect. Alan Arkin plays the dysfunctional father just right. Marisa Tomei is sweet and totally perfect as the problematic child.
The bad. The secondary characters, like the brothers, could have used a little bit more depth. The editing is a bit awkward when it comes to breasts shots, obviously done so they could use body doubles, no subtlety.
The ugly. Nothing.
The result. An offbeat film that is great for those who like the genre, but would probably be disappointing to the masses.