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Scenes From the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills

R 1989 1h 43m Comedy List
78% Tomatometer 9 Reviews 61% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
A wealthy Beverly Hills, Calif., resident who has just become a widow, Clare Lipkin (Jacqueline Bisset) temporarily takes on her friend Lisabeth (Mary Woronov) as a house guest. As the two women deal with their upper-class woes, Clare's driver, Frank (Ray Sharkey), and Lisabeth's servant, Juan (Robert Beltran), make a wager to see who can be the first to seduce the other's boss. As the competition gears up, it leads to surprising romantic entanglements and plenty of satirical scenarios. Read More Read Less

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Henry Sheehan Chicago Reader The absurdity of trying to assert one’s identity by subjugating another’s is the delightfully cruel premise... Rated: 3/4 May 11, 2022 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills sounds more like an anthology of punch lines from famous anecdotes about the rich and the boring. Rated: 2/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Rene Jordan El Nuevo Herald (Miami) A willingly bad film. [Full review in Spanish] Jul 11, 2022 Full Review Ryan Murphy Miami Herald Like Luis Bunuel's The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Bartel's Beverly Hills attempts, through wicked irony, to break down class barriers that separate us all. Rated: 3/4 Aug 17, 2021 Full Review Paul Freitag-Fey Daily Grindhouse A witty, well-paced, and highly entertaining flick with loads of great actors getting a chance to spew dialogue like 'There's a lot of money in hunger.' Aug 2, 2019 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com As a follow-up to Eating Raoul, Paul Bartel's satire is disappointing. It's a meandering movie of some funny moments and biting scenes, but it shows the director's limitations. Rated: B- Nov 29, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Bartel's idea of wit is nothing more than an incisive observation humorously phrased and delivered with impeccable timing. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Paul Bartel's final film as both writer/director feels consistent with his earlier black comic outings ("Death Race 2000," "Eating Raoul," etc.). Set in Beverly Hills among the rich and beautiful, the film follows a houseboy and a chauffeur betting who their recently widowed employer, Jacqueline Bisset, will bed next. The cast is a good one, which includes Ray Sharkey, Mary Woronov, Ed Begley Jr., Wallace Shawn, Bartel, Paul Mazursky, Barret Oliver, and an uncredited Little Richard, but it's really Bartel's unique voice as co-writer/director that makes this farcical sex comedy uniquely enjoyable. Bartel's plot set-up could easily have been a standard 80s sex comedy along the lines of "Class" or "My Tutor," but Bartel's exaggerated soap opera tone to the boundary pushing humor make it a hilariously mannered comedy that doesn't feel far off from John Waters. Bartel's films are never ones that were intended to appeal to a wide audience, but for those who do enjoy his offbeat satirical style, this is quite enjoyable. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Dreadful comedy about two shallow rich families in Beverly Hills sharing a mansion. Really struggles with humour with most attempts centered around the group sleeping with each other or attempting to seduce others in the house. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member An alternately amusing, tiresome, intelligent and disappointing modernization of Jean Renoir's Rules of the Game. It never lives up to the promise of its opening scene, but it's a nice little departure for Paul Bartel. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member What's up with the cover art listed on this site? It has nothing to do with this film. Anyway...I'm a freak for Paul Bartel. His films are dark, subversive, and always hilarious. Scenes From A Class Struggle might not be his best work, but it sure is better than most of the similar movies out there. The cast is beyond stellar and I'm always up for Jackie Bisset in anything. It's pretty much a spoof on all the tacky 80's soaps like Dallas and Dynasty with a bunch of selfish, unlikeable rich idiots sleeping with each other backs. The late Ray Sharkey turns in a memorably sleazy performance as a bisexual gigilo of a servant. It's always nice to see the wonderful Mary Woronov in anything as well. It's certainly weird, but that's it's oddball charm. It's worth checking out if you can find it. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member a little bit funny but mostly dumb in a vapid ostentatious 80's way. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A wealthy Beverly Hills, Calif., resident who has just become a widow, Clare Lipkin (Jacqueline Bisset) temporarily takes on her friend Lisabeth (Mary Woronov) as a house guest. As the two women deal with their upper-class woes, Clare's driver, Frank (Ray Sharkey), and Lisabeth's servant, Juan (Robert Beltran), make a wager to see who can be the first to seduce the other's boss. As the competition gears up, it leads to surprising romantic entanglements and plenty of satirical scenarios.
Director
Paul Bartel
Producer
James C. Katz
Screenwriter
Bruce Wagner
Production Co
North Street Films
Rating
R
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
English
Box Office (Gross USA)
$1.9M
Runtime
1h 43m
Sound Mix
Surround