Down and Out in Beverly Hills

Down and Out in Beverly Hills

DVD - 2002
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Rescued from drowning in the swimming pool of a Beverly Hills couple, a disconsolate bum brings startling and hilarious changes to the entire household, including the family dog, Matisse.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Touchstone Home Entertainment, [2002]
Edition: Widescreen.
ISBN: 9780788832796
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


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Mar 30, 2017

Ah hah! And here we arrive at a truism. If the utterly worthless blowhard commenter known as lucasevansherman dislikes a movie, then by all means SEE IT! As usual, the know-nothing Lucas is DEAD WRONG. The ending isn't a cop-out. It's just about the most humane, open-ended, where do we go from here in all our limited understanding of our desires and emotions "finale" you will ever see in a mainstream commercial American film. Even back in the '80s, asinine reactions to Down & Out in Beverly Hills were fairly common among pretentious twits who couldn't handle the fact that this "low-brow" movie was, in fact, more perceptive about the human condition than the stupid Oscar-cadging trash of its day. I liked the movie then -- OK, so it isn't up to the level of Mazursky's An Unmarried Woman -- but it was enjoyable on its own terms. Seeing the film again 30 years later (Note to lucas evan sherman: get some PERSPECTIVE, little boy!!!!!) I can more fully appreciate the risks Mazursky took. On one level, he gives in to studio demands, and yet look how intensely personal the movie is, how deliberate the pacing is, how he sneaks in the unexpected among the crowd-pleasing, market-tested moments. He gave Bette Midler the finest role she had had up to that point -- and since, to date. When she sing a cappella to Nolte, "You Belong to Me," it's a warmly magical moment. Summing up: I pity anyone who is too stuffy or too arrogant or just too full of crap to be able to bask in the treasure (yes, really!) that is Down & Out in Beverly Hills. Get over your inane pre-conceptions and love it today. Also, for the mid-1980s, this film is especially forward-looking in its tender affirmation of a gay character.

Dec 14, 2015


Jul 23, 2014

Paul Mazusky recently died and I hadn't seen much by him, so decided to check it out. It's a very dated, mostly lame sort of class comedy from the mid-80s that has little to recommend it aside from Nick Nolte, a charming dog, and bad fashion from a decade best forgotten. It's a remake of the far superior Jean Renoir film "Boudo Saved from Drowning." The ending is a cop out. Little Richard is in it for some reason, basically playing himself.

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