February 20, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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Murray Abramowitz (Alan Arkin) is an aging Buick salesman who doesn't earn enough money to live in Beverly Hills legitimately, but wants to keep his three children, Vivian (Natasha Lyonne), Ben and Ricky, in the public schools there. So the Abramowitz family live as Beverly Hills nomads, moving from apartment to apartment, and skipping out when the rent starts coming due.
A temporary meal ticket suddenly arrives in the person of Rita (Marisa Tomei), the daughter of Murray's wealthy and obnoxious brother back east, Mickey (Carl Reiner), who agrees to set Murray's family up in some plush digs as long as they take care of Rita while she's supposedly attending nursing school.
Natasha Lyonne's Vivian is this movie's center of gravity, and she is wonderful. She is a high school freshman learning how to adapt to the constant changes in her life, both geographical and biological.
Here's the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBA_4cc92Vo
I love this movie. It's set in 1976, so the soundtrack is naturally awesome. Oh, you doubt me? Parliament Funkadelic, Freddie Fender and Perry Como. So there.
Let's go to Sizzler!!