Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama

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In 1976, a lower-middle-class teenager struggles to cope living with her neurotic family of nomads on the outskirts of Beverly Hills.

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  • Natasha Lyonne in Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)
  • Alan Arkin and Natasha Lyonne in Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)
  • Alan Arkin and Marisa Tomei in Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)
  • Natasha Lyonne and Bryna Weiss in Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)
  • Natasha Lyonne stars as Vivian Abramowitz
  • Marisa Tomei co-stars as Rita Abramowitz

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18 September 1999 | Abby-9
| Sad little movie
This is a Jewish movie with the missing mom being a really key component. In the scene with Viv looking at the remote figure of the mom with two daughters as they leave to go shopping -- even (or especially) this mom who says big breasts are out of date, and who has provided her daughter with a nose job -- there is clear yearning for and respect for a mother. And in the responsibilities Viv is given and which she takes pretty courageously i'd say, she is a little mother to her family. Cousin Rita Abramovitz, on the other hand, is a female disaster, and Marisa Tomei's performance is spot on. Again, not comic. Human feeling and weakness showing through veneer of sexual energy. Our culture provides for sex first. Sex sells. There's a temporary sense of power, but this is not what people are. And Tomei gets that across. She disentigrates into illness. Elliott the pot dealer is drawn with accuracy and tenderness, recalling people i knew back then and illuminating them for me. The scene that was key for me in this motion picture is the father at his restaurant(with hair on his head in a lovely flashback)dealing with his cook. The meat. Could move the setting from Beverly Hills to the LaBrea tarpits . . . watching living creatures thrash and sink in the black goo of materialism.

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