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The Slums of Beverly Hills

DOWN & DIRTY:
Comedy/Drama: A teen comes of age during the 1970's and must deal with her quirky family, her changing body, and her awakening sexuality.

NITTY GRITTY:
Vivian Abramowitz (NATASHA LYONNE) is a fourteen-year-old girl growing up in the 1970's. She's uncomfortable with the recent changes her body has been undergoing, and she must also deal with her family -- divorced dad Murray (ALAN ARKIN), smart-mouthed older brother Ben (DAVID KRUMHOLTZ), and younger wide-eyed brother Rickey (ELY MARIENTHAL) -- none of whom understand what she's going through.

Not only is she embarrassed by her suddenly oversized chest and everyone's attention to it, but she must also contend with the fact that her poor family continually moves from one apartment to the next to stay ahead of landlords but remain in the Beverly Hills school district.

Their luck changes when Murray agrees to watch over his twenty-nine-year-old niece, Rita (MARISA TOMEI). In return, Murray's successful brother, Mickey (CARL REINER), will pay for a nice place for them to live.

Although secretly pregnant, Rita quickly becomes a role model for Vivian and welcomes her into the adult world of feminine sexuality.

THE ENDING:
After her first day at nurse training school, Rita accidentally tells her boyfriend that she is pregnant. He doesn't want anything to do with her. Upset, Rita overdoses on drugs. Vivian and her family find Rita and get her some help.

Murray's brother Mickey comes into town and they all gather at the airport restaurant for lunch. Mickey berates Murray to the point that Vivian jabs a fork into her uncle's leg. Mickey cuts off the rent money to Murray and the family has to move....again

WHAT EVERYONE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT:
The vibrator dance.


 
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