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Down and Out in Beverly Hills
Down and Out in Beverly Hills is an updated remake of the 1932 Jean Renoir film Boudu Saved From Drowning. Philandering businessman Dave Whiteman (Richard Dreyfuss) rescues scraggly tramp Jerry Baskin (Nick Nolte) from drowning himself in Dave's swimming pool. Much against his will, Jerry is invited to enjoy the hospitality of Dave, his social-climbing wife, Barbara (Bette Midler), and their sexually ambivalent son, Max (Evan Richards). The hapless hobo bonds only with the family dog, Matisse, which fascinates Barbara to the point that she's willing to share her bed (and a few other… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"On the basically farcical level where it chooses to stay, it is a funny and likable movie."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"As a comedy of manners it has a dependably keen aim, with its most wicked barbs leavened by Mr. Mazursky's obvious fondness for his characters."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"A single moment of magical realism shows the Babe-that-might-have-been, very charitably speaking, had the makers of this doggie adventure-comedy chosen a more daring and creative route..."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"funny with bite"
‑ Tony Medley, tonymedley.com
"Silly but fun, and a big box-office earner."
‑ , Film4
"Although it is more of a comedy of manners than a well-developed story, there are enough yocks and bright moments to make it a thoroughly enjoyable outing."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Let me just say that Down and Out in Beverly Hills made me laugh longer and louder than any film I've seen in a long time."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The cast is entirely up to the comic hysteria Mazursky requires of them, though Mike the dog steals whatever scene he is in."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Three great turns in one side-splitting movie"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"One of Mazursky's few completely successful films."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"This update of Renoir's Boudu Saved from Drowning starts life as a satire on the tribal rites of the new and filthy rich, but goes badly wrong somewhere down the line."
‑ , Time Out
"Paul Mazursky hasn't only remade Jean Renoir's sublime 1931 Boudu Saved From Drowning: he's yuppified it, inverting virtually every meaning until the film becomes a celebration of the crassest kind of materialism."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A funny and poignant if also broad reworking of Renoir's classic, Boudu Saved from Drowning, Paul Mazursky's satire also works as a critique of L.A. nouveau riche and their crass lifestyle, reflected, among other things, in the garrish color palette."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Filled with hilarious incidents and clever one-liners."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"An uneven satire with some wit, but sometimes too strident."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
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