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 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.
- Driven to Suicide: In the beginning of the film, Jerry tries to drown himself in the Whitemans' pool.
- Ethnic Menial Labor: The Whitemans have a Latina maid named Carmen. Dave has been carrying on an affair with her for several years.
- 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.