Down and Out in Beverly Hills
Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)

When a suicidal hobo attempts to drown himself in their swimming pool, a wealthy family adopts the reluctant tramp. The family and their new companion clash and form unexpected bonds in this popular comedy inspired by Jean Renoir's… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: January 31, 1986
DVD Release Date: August 13, 2002
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An enjoyable farce that relocates Jean Renoir's Boudu Saved From Drowning to '80s California, offering fine comedic performances from Nick Nolte, Richard Dreyfuss and Bette Midler.

Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

On the basically farcical level where it chooses to stay, it is a funny and likable movie.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

Frank Lovece
Film Journal International

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...

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Variety Staff

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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TV Guide

The cast is entirely up to the comic hysteria Mazursky requires of them, though Mike the dog steals whatever scene he is in.

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Time Out

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
"Down and Out in Beverly Hills" is a remake of the 1931 Renoir film "Boudu Saved from Drowning." It also mirrors the classic "My Man… More
Lady D'arbanville
A comical scenarios, with a fun harmless feel to it, an enjoyable feel good movie
Nicki Marie
An 80's movie I actually hadn't seen! Bit far fetched, especially the end - only thing that guy would have got in real life was a kicking - but mildly… More
Candy Rose
Funny comedy about a tramp who tries to kill himself in a rich family's swimming pool. They take him in. Good cast.
Jens S.
One of the great comedies of the 1980s, blessed with a terrific cast, tells the story of a family of rich, spoiled Beverly Hills residents who take car of a… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
A rich Beverly Hills family takes in a stinky hairy street person... and he ends up enriching their lives in ways they never imagined. A great comedy and… More

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