It seems to rub some people the wrong way for unclear reasons, but I found it to be touching and hilarious from start to finish. Advertisement You can see the sitcom possibilities. I have never been much of a fan of Marisa Tomei but I liked her a lot in this movie. Even the saleslady who sells Vivian her first bra has the overly made-up look of the time. She also has a nice pragmatic approach tosexuality, as in a scene where she consults a plastic surgeon about on-the-spotbreast reduction.
Her dad Alan Arkin is a divorced man of almost-retirement-age who has never been able to provide a stable home for his kids and keep dragging them from place to place like nomads and presumably keeping one step ahead of bill collectors. She also has a nice pragmatic approach to sexuality, as in a scene where she consults a plastic surgeon about on-the-spot breast reduction. When I read the tv guide, it said this movie was a comedy. Eventually, Mickey, frustrated at having to support his brother's family and also learning of their deception concerning his daughter who is pregnant , explodes during a meeting between the two families, telling Murray he's tired of sending them money. Written by Being 17 in 1976, this movie perfectly captured that era's tackiness and lack of direction. Vivian's wealthy uncle Mickey regularly sends the family money to help them survive.
It isn't a great movie, but it's worth watching. It's a coming-of-age film for Lyonne's character who sees the beginnings of her womanhood, struggles of relationships, and maintaining her family's name and reputation through whatever means possible. And it is not really a true comedy, although it is quite funny sometimes. Vivian's younger brother Rickey simply aspires to get attention. It's hard, but the kids are getting the education.
Sort of wry and humorous exploration of the dynamics of a typical struggling, lower-middle class family. What really brings this one to life, though, is the performances Jenkins exacts from her exceptional cast of actors, beginning with Lyonne, who so perfectly embodies the character of Vivian. And so is goes with the Abromowitz family, living a nomadic existence as part of a very real sub-culture in one of the richest areas on the planet. It's about a poor Jewish family who moves by night from one sleazy apartment to another, jumping the rent but always staying within Beverly Hills to take advantage of the educational system. Her portrayal is earthy and utterly believable, and like Arkin's Murray, is an honest reflection of how most people grapple with the uncertainties of life.
Natasha Lyonne is just perfect for this role. She apparently hit the steering wheel so hard that she now has a noticeable scar on her chest. Every movebrings them into range of a fresh supply of wacky supporting characters. But then lifechanges radically for the Abramovitzes when Rita , the troubleddaughter of Murray's rich brother, comes to stay with them. A great film altogether, not very long only about 1 hr. The humor derives from the deadpan responses of family members to circumstances beyond their control. She should have won the Oscar for this one.
Her dad is always shouting at her to wear a bra, and themovie's best single shot is possibly the expression on her face when, under hisorders, she puts on a bra under a skimpy halter top, creating a result morekinky than modest. It hurt just to look at the clothes and listen to the music. Also giving a memorable performance is Marisa Tomei, as Murray's niece, Rita, who is deliciously tacky and adds some real spice to the film. In a desperate attempt to make ends meet Arkin takes in his troubled 29 year old niece Marisa Tomei , charging his rich brother a fee for keeping an eye on her. After moving around for most of her life, her family's finally found a place to call home with help from her uncle's money.
Murray, however, suddenly has something else to deal with: Vivian, who is about to enter her freshman year at high school. Fortunately, we weren't as hapless as the Abramowitz family, who throughout this film are trying desperately to hang onto the ragged edge of the good life. She does a good job of looking incredulous, and there's a lot in herlife to be incredulous about. Vivian and Rita are close and speak sometimes in. Vivian learns that Rita has no desire to attend nursing school and also has no clue as to what to do with her life.
I could see right away this one was something special. The aging father Alan Arkin is truly memorable in this film for his struggles in finding out an end to poverty and loneliness without his wife. He is a poor provider buta good father, who may skip out on the rent and be a lousy car salesman, but heinsists that his kids do their homework. One of the better roles that Alan Arkin had had in recent years. Vivian's family are penniless nomads, moving from one cheap flat to another in Beverly Hills so she and her brothers can attend the city's schools. But Vivian has her own problems: she's curious about sex, likes an apparently twenty-something neighbor, Eliot , has inherited her mother's ample breasts, and wants a family that doesn't embarrass her. It's about a poor Jewish family who moves bynight from one sleazy apartment to another, jumping the rent but always stayingwithin Beverly Hills to take advantage of the educational system.
Arkin is the key to the good feelings. I tuned in about 10 minutes after the start of the movie, and gave the movie my partial attention. Mickey makes lots of money but has no class, and there's a painful scenein an airport restaurant where he blurts out crass insults and Murray--who hasbeen taking his handouts all his life--decides he's had enough. Then, director Tamara Jenkins told her to walk around for a day while wearing them. What a waste of talent! The film received mixed to positive critical reviews, and gradually became a. It's a performance that takes into account the inherent flaws of being human; it makes us realize that none of us are perfect, but that it's okay-- we just have to keep trying. Just pure script and acting.