Cinema: Sugary Satire: DOWN AND OUT IN BEVERLY HILLS

DOWN AND OUT IN BEVERLY HILLS

Dave Whiteman (Richard Dreyfuss) has made a fortune in coat hangers and has a life-style, but not much of a life, to show for it. He drives a Rolls, has a white-on-white-on-white living room and employs a psychiatrist for his dog, a lovable mutt named Matisse. Like any good Beverly Hills matron, Barbara Whiteman (Bette Midler) employs a guru and a nutritionist among the many other functionaries who cannot seem to solve her problems, which include too many migraines and too few orgasms. Their adolescent children, naturally, are having trouble with their sexual identities.

Welcome, once again, to hard times among...

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