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Troop Beverly Hills
Troop Beverly Hills
- 1h 46m
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Shelley Long discovers that when the going gets tough, the tough go camping in Troop Beverly Hills, a comedy about lifestyles of the rich and outrageous. Flamboyantly wealthy Phyllis Nefler (Long) has everything money can buy - a drop-dead Beverly Hills mansion, a classic Rolls, furs, jewelry and designer gowns. The one thing she doesn't have is her husband Freddy (Craig T. Nelson), who's leaving her for good. Maybe. Determined to prove she's still the creative, energetic woman Freddy once loved, Phyllis throws luxury to the wind and becomes leader of her daughter's Wilderness Girls troop. But how much can this chic cookie take before she crumbles? Is saving her marriage really worth trading Gucci bags for sleeping bags - not to mention actually touching bugs? Featuring cameos by Robin Leach, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Pia Zadora, Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Dr. Joyce Brothers and Cheech Marin. Shelley Long blazes new comic trails in this hilarious trial-by-campfire that leaves the wilderness wilder than ever.
© 1989 WEG Acquisition Corp. All Rights Reserved.
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Stereotypes, silliness reign in uneven parody of rich girls.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Troop Beverly Hills, a fish-out-of-water comedy released in 1989, like its heroine Phyllis Nefler is not aging gracefully. Phyllis, would-be leader of the Wilderness Girls of Beverly Hills (an unflattering parody of the Girl Scouts), smokes incessantly, drinks wine at any hour of the day or night, and initially is clueless about the needs of the troop of young girls put in her care. It's all in a quest for laughs, and there definitely are some of those, but the gleeful put-downs of people with money are so exaggerated that any sense of reality is lost within moments of the opening credits. Stereotypes include: selfish, amoral, shallow people with money; a hard-edged female scout leader; a gay designer; a hip-hopping young African-American; a Latina housekeeper; and a dimwitted businessman. Occasional swearing and sexual remarks ("damn," "hell," "s--t," "bitches," "slut," "boob job," "boffing"), and there is mild sexual innuendo in several scenes. The action is all farcical: pratfalls, a shaky bridge, an encounter with a snake, a short ghost story. Product placement is exhaustive; expensive brands and places fill the screen with images of affluence.
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- Genre:Comedy, Family
- Release Date:March 24, 1989
- Audio Format:Stereo
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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