Beverly Hills is not exactly known as the intellectual capital of America.
In the 1989 movie Troop Beverly Hills, Phyllis Nefler (Shelley Long) is a Beverly Hills socialite/housewife who has been handed divorce papers by her soon to be ex-husband, Freddy Nefler (Craig T. Nelson). Needing to find something to focus her time and energy on, Phyllis becomes the den mother of her daughter’s Wilderness Troupe. What starts out as a mission to fill up her time starts Phyllis on a journey that will redefine not just how others see her, but most importantly, how she sees herself.
The problem with this movie is it tries to be a subtle message movie wrapped in a comedy. While I give this movie an A for effort, overall, it’s not very good.
Do I recommend it? Not really.
The genre of teen fantasy romance is an interesting one. Depending on the writer(s), the narrative and character arc can be either predictable/boring or compelling/different.
In the 1996 television movie Susie Q, Susie Q (Amy Jo Johnson) is a teenager in the 1950’s. She and her boyfriend are killed in a car crash. Decades later Zach Sands (Justin Whalin) moves into Susie’s former house with his sister and widowed mother, Penny (Shelley Long). Zach will soon discover that not only are they are not alone, but Susie’s ghost still haunts the property and he is the only one who can see her. In her own way, Susie tries to help Zach’s family and of course, it goes without saying that a romance develops between Zach and Susie.
Does this movie require a lot of thinking on the part of the audience? No. But it’s harmless and mildly entertaining.
Do I recommend it? Maybe.