Vivian’s family are penniless nomads, moving from one cheap flat to another in Beverly Hills so she and her brothers can attend the city’s schools. Uncle Mickey sends them money to survive. When Mickey’s daughter Rita runs away from an asylum, Vivian’s dad offers shelter to her if Mickey will pay for a plush flat. Vivian must babysit her adult cousin, making sure she gets to nursing school and avoids pills and booze. But Vivian has her own problems: she’s curious about sex, likes an older neighbor kid, has inherited her mother’s ample breasts, and wants a family that doesn’t embarrass her. Can she help Rita, keep Uncle Mickey happy, and feel OK about her body and her family? —IMDb
Tamara Jenkins (born May 2, 1962) is an American screenwriter, actress and director. She is best known for her two feature films, Slums of Beverly Hills (1998) and The Savages (2007).
Tamara Jenkins was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After her parents divorced, her father, a car salesman and former nightclub owner, took custody of her and her three brothers. She lived in Beverly Hills with her father and brothers and attended Beverly Hills High for a year and a half.
A stage actor and a performance artist in New York’s East Village during the 1980s, she enrolled in the Graduate Filmmaking program at New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts in the ’90s. Winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship for filmmaking, Jenkins also attended the Sundance Institute Screenwriting and Filmmakers Lab.
Jenkins began her short career with a film, 1991’s Fugitive Love, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival. Afterwards she completed a congressional mandate associated… read more
"OK. Let's go to Sizzler" great & funny movie about a chaotic & freaky family - the vibrator dancing scene was just awesome
I think that in order for any comedy to work you have to like at least one character. Call me crazy, but I like to relate to characters. Which maybe explains why I don't like this movie as much as Metacritic thinks I should. I kind of hate all of the characters. But the writing is clever enough, and amazing turns by Tomei and Walter make up for the poor characters.