Troop Beverly Hills

1989 PG 1h 46m DVD

Troop Beverly Hills

1989 PG 1h 46m DVD
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Shelley Long stars as a spoiled Beverly Hills housewife who decides -- in an effort to disprove her husband's characterization that she's a selfish trophy wife -- to become the leader of her daughter's wilderness group. Failing miserably at first -- she takes them on outings at the mall rather than in the woods -- she later must prove her worth as a legitimate troop leader by instilling lessons of teamwork and selflessness in her young charges.
Shelley Long, Craig T. Nelson, Betty Thomas, Mary Gross, Stephanie Beacham, Audra Lindley, Carla Gugino, Heather Hopper, Kellie Martin, Tasha Scott, Jenny Lewis, Edd Byrnes, Ami Foster, Emily Schulman, Aquilina Soriano
Jeff Kanew
Full Screen 1.33:1
English, French
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Troop Beverly Hills, a fish-out-of-water comedy released in 1989, like its heroine Phyllis Nefler is not aging gracefully. Phyllis, would-be leader of the Wilderness Girls of Beverly Hills (an unflattering parody of the Girl Scouts), smokes incessantly, drinks wine at any hour of the day or night, and initially is clueless about the needs of the troop of young girls put in her care. It's all in a quest for laughs, and there definitely are some of those, but the gleeful put-downs of people with money are so exaggerated that any sense of reality is lost within moments of the opening credits. Stereotypes include: selfish, amoral, shallow people with money; a hard-edged female scout leader; a gay designer; a hip-hopping young African-American; a Latina housekeeper; and a dimwitted businessman. Occasional swearing and sexual remarks ("damn," "hell," "s--t," "bitches," "slut," "boob job," "boffing"), and there is mild sexual innuendo in several scenes. The action is all farcical: pratfalls, a shaky bridge, an encounter with a snake, a short ghost story. Product placement is exhaustive; expensive brands and places fill the screen with images of affluence.

Sexual Content

Comic innuendo includes: mentions of breast implants; an elderly man eagerly grabbing a "girly" magazine; and observations about a divorced father's new girlfriend "sleeping over." Also, in a CPR training session, the handsome police officer and the troop leader exchange mildly suggestive remarks. Skimpy clothing is worn by women participating in an exercise class. A husband and wife kiss several times.


Farcical pratfalls. Scout leader falls off a window ledge; teeters on an unsafe bridge; falls into a swimming pool. Troop encounters a snake and a skunk. Villain falls and breaks her ankle. The girls tell portions of mildly frightening ghost stories. In a brief scene after a scout leader picks up a skunk, she's wearing a "skunk hat," implying that she killed the skunk. After a starter's gun initiates a race, a bird falls from the sky, implying that it was shot.


Occasional swearing: "damn," "slut," "bitches," "hell," "s--t," "screw." Suggestive dialogue: "boffing," "boob job," "felt his manhood rising to a frenzy." Brief, infrequent sexual innuendo.

Social Behavior

An assault on the shallowness of the rich, the film promotes friendship, responsibility, and doing the right thing. Messages take a back seat to parody.


An onslaught of images and references to upscale products and stores as a means of identifying materialism of the Beverly Hills elite: Evian, the Beverly Hills Hotel, Gemballa autos, Rolls-Royce, Cartier, Vogue, Spago. Other products featured: Head athletic gear, Kmart, Laura Ashley, Coca-Cola, Abbey Party Rents, and several magazines.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Troop leader smokes frequently, often using a cigarette holder and emphasizing the activity. She also drinks wine in numerous scenes; other adults often join her.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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