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Directed by Jeff Kanew

United States 1989 105 mins. In English

In this ripe-for-rehabilitation classic of 80s pop camp, Shelley Long unforgettably stars as Phyllis Nefler, a spoiled Beverly Hills social butterfly who takes charge of an equally-spoiled girl scout troop. Her ex-husband Freddy (Craig T. Nelson) thinks Phyllis is unable to start anything she finishes, and, rubbing salt into the wound, questions where her fun and freewheeling self has gone. Through her work as den mother to a group of plucky girls (led by Jenny Lewis), Phyllis must come to a series of crucial realizations—about her own life and the impact she intends to make on the next generation. And of course, in between, there are trips to Rodeo Drive and a parade of 80s-vintage “celebrity” cameos!

Genres: Comedy

Appears in: Wordstock: Film to Page

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