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Troop Beverly Hills is a 1989 film starring Shelley Long as Phyllis Neffler, a ditzy but good-hearted Beverly Hills Socialite with a marriage on the rocks, her husband seeking divorce over her profligate spending habits and inability to follow through with anything.

Phyllis' most recent project is to take over as troop leader of the Girl Scout-esque "Wilderness Girls" of the Beverly Hills chapter, which is a paltry eight-girl ensemble including Phyllis' own daughter Hannah and other girls of wealthy Beverly Hills backgrounds. Her contributions include taking the troop out "roughing it" in a hotel suite rather than a campground (to avoid all the bugs and a lack of electrical outlets), taking the traditional uniform to a fashion designer for improvements, and awarding her charges patches for skills such as "jewelery appraisal" and "Gardening with glamor".

All of this earns her the ire of Wilderness Girls district leader Velda Plendor, who takes the "wilderness" aspect very seriously and sees Phyllis as an affront to everything the group stands for. Velda pulls out all the stops to get Phyllis discredited and fired, but even in situations her money can't buy her out of, Phyllis perseveres through a little ingenuity and sheer pluck. It all leads to a showdown at the annual jamboree, where Troop Beverly Hills will compete against Velda's Culver City Red Feathers, trekking through actual wilderness in a race to the finish where the winners will be the Wilderness Girls' poster troop for the year...

Tropes used in Troop Beverly Hills include:

 Velda: Oh, I'll tell you about the buttons, you senile old bag.

Mrs. Temple: I may be old, and I may be senile. The only thing that's bagged around here is you. You're fired!

 Fred: You'll be less neurotic with your parents happily divorced rather than unhappily married.

Phyllis: Thank you, Phil Donahue.

Fred: I saw it on Oprah!

 Velda: Attention K-Mart shoppers. Blue light special, aisle 13. *beeeep* Cookies.

  • Vanity Is Feminine: Generally used in a "positive" sense, such as Annie's Heel Face Turn being accompanied by a new, more flattering wardrobe. Phyllis and her girls are vain and sympathetic, while Velda is masculine and has her unattractiveness made fun of.
  • Worst Aid: Phyllis grabs the first aid instructor when he uses her to demonstrate mouth-to-mouth. Textbook straight play of "romantic CPR".
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