If we learned anything from “Beverly Hills 90210” it’s that life as a teenager in Beverly Hills is hard (never forget the David Silver meth addiction episode). Tamara Jenkins’ 1998 film, “The Slums of Beverly Hills” shows that it is even harder to be the lone teenage daughter in a family of men in Beverly Hills in the 1970s. The film stars Natasha Lyonne as Vivianne Abramovitz who is struggling through puberty with the burden of caring for her nomadic father played by Alan Arkin, and two brothers. The sole female influence in her life is her fresh-out-of-rehab cousin played by Marisa Tomei. The cast is rounded out by comic geniuses Jessica Walter and Carl Reiner, and finally puts David Krumholtz and Kevin Corrigan face to face, so you can learn to tell them apart. If you have seen the film before, you know that it is a coming-of-age comedy that is deserving of its cult status. If you missed the film during its initial run, tune in tonight at 7:05 p.m. ET and get to know the Abramovitz family with all its squabbles, non-stop jokes, and awkward interactions, and see why Tamara Jenkins won the Independent Spirit Awards for Best First Feature.
The Slums of Beverly Hills airs on IFC at 7 p.m. ET