Down and Out in Beverly Hills
is a 1986 comedy directed by Paul Mazursky and starring Nick Nolte
, Richard Dreyfuss, and Bette Midler. It tells the story of Jerry Baskin, a homeless man who befriends the stressed-out Dave Whiteman and his equally stressed-out family after trying to drown himself in their pool.
This was the first Disney-produced movie (via Touchstone Pictures
) to get an R rating. The subsequent TV series in 1987 attained another first; it was the first series to be cancelled by Fox
This film contains examples of:
- Ambiguously Gay: It's not entirely clear if Dave's son Max is gay or just going through an androgynous phase. (He does, however, stare a little too long at Jerry's naked body while he's toweling off.)
- Comically Missing the Point: At one point, Barbara yells, "Call 911! Call 911!", while running with her cell phone in her hand.
- Driven to Suicide: In the beginning of the film, Jerry tries to drown himself in the Whitemans' pool.
- The Eighties: Not as obvious as most films of the era, though Max's andro get-up just screams "80's glam rock".
- Ethnic Menial Labor: The Whitemans have a Latina maid named Carmen. Dave has been carrying on an affair with her for several years.
- Le Film Artistique: The only way Max can communicate with his parents, it seems.
- It Came from Beverly Hills: It's in the title.
- The Remake: The film is an American remake of the French farce Boudu Saved From Drowning.