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  • Released
  • R, 1 hr 30 min
  • Comedy
  • 3 Fan Ratings

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What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Slums of Beverly Hills is a 1998 coming-of-age dark comedy. The comedy takes a dark turn when the lead character spies on her father groping the breast of her older cousin. Teen characters experiment with sex, including an extended masturbation scene with a vibrator, a teen girl allowing a teen neighbor boy she has just met to put his hands on her exposed breasts. A woman stumbling down a dark road trying to hitchhike flashes her breasts at a trucker. The lead character, at age 14, meets with a plastic surgeon to discuss breast reduction surgery. Teens sell, buy, and smoke pot. Their new neighbor, a teen boy, sells pot and only wears a t-shirt with a picture of Charles Manson on it. The family relocates from cheap apartment to cheap apartment every few months, stiffing the landlord when they can no longer pay rent; evidence of how dumpy one of the apartments is gets proven by the young boy in the family pulling out a dead cat from the oven. Lots of profanity, including "f--k." The film centers on a very dysfunctional family in 1976 Southern California, and of a young teen girl trying to accept herself as she is and, ultimately, her family as they are; older teens and adults who also came from families that weren't exactly Leave it to Beaver could find common ground with their own experiences, and use this as an opportunity to discuss the nature of "family" -- how it's often perceived in TV and movies, and how reality presents a wide array of definitions of that term.

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