Troop Beverly Hills is a 1989 film starring Creator/ShelleyLong as Phyllis Neffler, a [[TheDitz ditzy]] but [[SpoiledSweet good-hearted]] Beverly Hills {{socialite}} with a marriage on the rocks, her husband seeking divorce over her profligate spending habits and inability to follow through with anything.

Phyllis' most recent project is to take over as troop leader of the [[ScoutOut Girl Scout-esque "Wilderness Girls"]] of the Beverly Hills chapter, which is a paltry eight-girl ensemble including Phyllis' own daughter Hannah and other girls of wealthy Beverly Hills backgrounds. Her contributions include taking the troop out "roughing it" in a hotel suite rather than a campground (to avoid all the bugs and a lack of electrical outlets), taking the traditional uniform to a fashion designer for improvements, and awarding her charges patches for skills such as "jewelery appraisal" and "Gardening with glamor".

All of this earns her the ire of Wilderness Girls district leader Velda Plendor, who takes the "wilderness" aspect ''very'' [[SeriousBusiness seriously]] and sees Phyllis as an affront to everything the group stands for. Velda pulls out all the stops to get Phyllis discredited and fired, but even in situations her money can't buy her out of, Phyllis perseveres through a little ingenuity and sheer [[PluckyGirl pluck]]. It all leads to a showdown at the annual jamboree, where Troop Beverly Hills will compete against Velda's Culver City Red Feathers, trekking through actual wilderness in a race to the finish where the winners will be the Wilderness Girls' poster troop for the year...
!!This film provides examples of:
* AlphaBitch:
** Cleo Plendor, Velda's daughter and the poster child of Velda's idea of the Wilderness Girls, who treats the daughters of socialites, celebrities, and dictators as trash.
** Velda herself is pretty much the main AlphaBitch of the entire organization even though she's a grown woman.
* AnimatedCreditsOpening: The film's opening was animated by Spumco, [[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow John K's]] independent studio.
* AnticipatoryBreathSpray: The officer who demonstrates CPR on Phyllis.
-->'''Phyllis:''' Oh, how thoughtful.
* AvoidTheDreadedGRating: Uses of the word "bitches" and "shit".
* BecomingTheMask: Annie, who does a HeelFaceTurn from being TheMole into a genuine friend of the troop.
* BlandNameProduct: The Wilderness Girls is a common fiction stand in for the Girl Scouts.
* BlatantLies: Phyllis denies spying on her husband.
-->'''Hannah Neffler''': You fell off the garden wall when you were spying on Dad.\\
'''Phyllis Neffler''': I was not "spying on Dad", I was checking on my azaleas. [''she relents''] I was spying on Dad.
* BoomerangComeback
-->'''Velda''': Oh, I'll tell you about the buttons, you senile old bag.\\
'''Mrs. Temple''': I may be old, and I may be senile. [[InsultBackfire The only thing that's "bagged" around here is you]]. ''You're fired!''
* TheCameo: By a bunch of RealLife people who lived in Beverly Hills at the time.
* ChickMagnet: The super-handsome cop who shows up to teach the girls first aid, if their response to his asking for a volunteer is any indication....
** Cutely enough, when the girls all yell "ME!", he points at Phyllis without missing a beat: "''You''."
* CruellaToAnimals: Velda actually kills a wild skunk, and then wears it as a hat, for indirectly making her troop lose the first competition.
* CustomUniform: Phyllis' troop leader uniform definitely stands out comparing to the other troop leaders, as she has it altered by a high-end designer because she hated the original uniform.
* DartboardOfHate: Velda gets one for Phyllis.
* DivorceIsTemporary: Fred sees Phyllis' dedication to the scout troop, and realizes she is not so "flighty" after all.
** Initially Phyllis felt that way, [[HopeSpot having a change of heart about the divorce, until Fred told her he was seeking joint custody of Hannah]].
* DrillSergeantNasty: Velda.
* DoomedNewClothes: Bringing a mink coat to wear while out on camping? Hope it doesn't rain...
* TheEighties: Tail end of it -- in fact, the competition is to be the poster troop of 1990.
* {{Expy}}: The parents of the other girls in the titular troop include a retired boxer, two out-of-work actors and an exiled dictator. You can probably make some guesses as to exactly whom each one represents.
* AFatherToHisMen: Well, Phyllis is A Mother To Her Girls and becomes a ParentalSubstitute to some of them while inspiring all of them to feel good about themselves.
* FauxHorrific: Phyllis' story about getting an awful perm.
* FrothyMugsOfWater: Done deliberately and played for laughs in the scene where Phyllis is apparently "[[ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin drunk]]" on Evian water.
* GirlScoutsAreEvil: Not all of them; just the Red Feathers.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "Felt his manhood rising to a ''pulsating'' frenzy." Were Claire and her mother Vicki talking about the man's ego, or about something else?
* HeelFaceTurn: Annie.
* HypocriticalHumor: "The parents in this neighborhood are so self-involved... [[PrecisionFStrike oh shit]], {{I broke a nail}}!"
* IdleRich: Phyllis and most of the girls in her troop are idle to varying degrees, but work to overcome it.
* IndecisiveParody: Creator/RogerEbert's [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19890322/REVIEWS/903220301/1023 review]] paints it as such with regards to Beverly Hills sensibilities. It could be seen as an AffectionateParody, though.
* IResembleThatRemark:
-->'''Fred''': You'll be less neurotic with your parents happily divorced rather than unhappily married.\\
'''Phyllis''': Thank you, Phil Donahue.\\
'''Fred''': I saw it on Oprah!
* IronicEcho / HumiliationConga: Velda threatens Annie over her having to go back working at [[UsefulNotes/{{Kmart}} K-Mart]] if she doesn't cooperate. Then Velda is forced to work there after she gets fired from the Wilderness Girls, including saying the very line she threatened Annie with.
* ItCameFromBeverlyHills: Much of the film takes place there, and the members of the eponymous troop live there.
* LaserGuidedKarma: The drive to win at all costs which Velda instilled in her daughter and the Red Feathers comes back to bite her when they abandon her in the woods after getting injured because she was slowing them down.
* MeritBadgesForEverything: Phyllis does come up with many merit badges for her troop to earn, such as "gardening with glamor" and "jewelry appraisal," but they are actually stripped of them for being "illicit" and having "nothing to do with wilderness ways as [Velda] knows them or anyone else in their right mind knows them".
* TheMole: Annie starts as one, but [[HeelFaceTurn her sympathies shift]] [[BecomingTheMask to the side she's "spying" on]] when it becomes clear to her that Velda's dislike for Phyllis is rooted in spiteful, petty competitiveness.
* TheNeidermeyer: Velda.
* ParentalAbandonment: Chica in particular is a victim of this. Her parents are almost always off on trips, missing a badge ceremony, and even her birthday.
* ParentalNeglect: Averted on Phyllis and Fred's account regarding Hannah, whose only real problem is that she doesn't want her parents splitting up when she knows they still love each other. Phyllis somehow manages to be a mother figure to the girls in the Troop while still devoting enough attention to Hannah.
* PluckyGirl: In spades.
* PrettyInMink: Phyllis wears a white mink coat to her troop's first outing. It does get dirtied by rain and mud.[[note]]though she likely could afford to have it cleaned, even if [[OffscreenInertia we don't see that]][[/note]] Later that night she wears a sheer pink nightgown with pink fox trimming the sleeves.
* RealWomenDontWearDresses: Played with. Velda loathes Phyllis and Troop Beverly Hills because she doesn't believe they can be actual Wilderness Girls because of how vain, spoiled, and overall stereotypically "girly" they are, which also makes them an insult to the organization in general. Of course, Phyllis proves her wrong when the Troop shows they can be both girly and "actual" Wilderness Girls.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Velda's superior is this trope through and through, in stark contrast to Velda herself.
* RichInDollarsPoorInSense
* RoadSignReversal: The Red Feathers pull this one at the jamboree. [[spoiler: Due to the above mentioned skunk, this still wasn't enough to win the competition.]]
* SeriousBusiness: Fashion! Cookies! SHOPPING!
* SheCleansUpNicely: Annie swaps out her frumpy clothes for a [[PimpedOutDress fancy mini dress]] at one of Phyllis's parties.[[note]]even with FashionDissonance making the look outdated today[[/note]]
* ShoutOut: "Patches... we don't need no stinking' [[Film/TheTreasureOfTheSierraMadre patches]]!"
* ShrinkingViolet: Annie is so timid that Velda is able to get her to do anything, at least until Annie gets fed up. Then she turns more extroverted.
* SlobsVersusSnobs: A subversion of the common trope. The rich kids are the underdogs, while the middle-class kids are the militant snobs.
* SmugSnake: Velda thinks she can always get her way, and will use her manipulating skills at the drop of a hat.
* SoreLoser: Velda takes the Red Feathers' disqualification from the race (they crossed the finish line first without a troop leader), Troop Beverly Hills being the actual winners (even though they did stop to help her) and her own termination from the Wilderness Girls very, ''very'' badly (see also: VillainousBreakdown).
* SpoiledSweet: Phyllis and all her girls, saving perhaps [[JerkassFacade Chica]]. The loving parents of the girls could count too, they even initially offered to buy their cookies when their neighborhood could not to help them out.
* TheStarscream: Velda to Mrs. Temple, who continually orders her to stop trying to get Troop Beverly Hills disbanded.
* StartMyOwn: Velda's angry rant at the end.
* TheStinger: Velda working at K-Mart at the end. See IronicEcho.
-->'''Velda''': Attention K-Mart shoppers. Blue light special, aisle 13. *[[SoundEffectBleep beeeep]]* Cookies.
* StrawFeminist: Velda. Seems to despise every dang thing that could be ''remotely'' considered "feminine".
* UngratefulBastard: Velda continues to mock Phyllis and the girls even when they have the decency to help her after injuring herself. Of course, this just adds fuel to Velda's continuing hatred towards Troop Beverly Hills and the reminder that her own daughter abandoned her to win.
* VanityIsFeminine: Generally used in a "positive" sense, such as Annie's HeelFaceTurn being accompanied by a new, more flattering wardrobe. Phyllis and her girls are vain and sympathetic, while Velda is masculine and has her unattractiveness made fun of.
** Although this becomes subverted when Velda is seen wearing an actual, albeit frumpy, dress to the dinner party Phyllis hosted to present the check from the cookie money. So it's not that Velda is ''totally'' lacking in femininity, it's just that she feels vanity and such other qualities don't belong in Wilderness Girls territory.
* VillainousBreakdown: Velda's sanity is sorely tested during the big race. When she loses the race and her own team is disqualified from it, she ravingly makes it clear to everyone that she is a SoreLoser and throws insults at the councilwomen for recognizing Troop Beverly Hills. This gets her fired from the Wilderness Girls, which breaks her down even further (see StartMyOwn above).
* WorstAid: Phyllis grabs the first aid instructor when he uses her to demonstrate mouth-to-mouth. Textbook straight play of "[[CPRCleanPrettyReliable romantic CPR]]".
--> '''Phyllis:''' ''(On instructor's asking her to lie down)'' [[DeadpanSnarker The last time I did this,]] [[GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex I got more than a patch for it....]]