Parents' Guide to

Slums of Beverly Hills

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Dark comedy about family dysfunction; sex, drugs, cursing.

Movie R 1998 91 minutes
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This movie succeeds not only as a dark comedy, but also as an accurate depiction of a time of crisis and uncertainty. And while it's somewhat dated to a time when memoirs and autobiographical fiction centered on troubled childhoods were all the rage, the story itself and the comedy within have managed to hold up. Also, refreshingly, the comedy is driven by the characters and not by the cheap nostalgia of tacky butterfly lapels and disco classics. Despite their flaws and abrasiveness, you want the Abramowitz family to succeed, somehow. You want all of them to somehow get it together, even as it starts to become obvious that some of them never will. This is due to Tamara Jenkins' superb directing and writing that never loses sight of the story, as well as the wonderful acting, especially Alan Arkin, who is so often the catalyst of the comedy and tragedy of the story as the father desperately trying to provide some semblance of a better life for his kids as his personal and financial life continues to disintegrate.

Given the mature content, Slums of Beverly Hills is best for older teens and parents.

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