Genre Guesstimation – The Unauthorized Beverly Hills 90210 Story (2015)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Amanda of Hollywood Consumer and we will be reviewing our favorite L.A. Films.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Oct by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Amanda!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of L.A. Films.

“Barry, what the Hell do I know about teenagers living in Beverly Hills?” – Aaron Spelling

“YOU have two teenager and YOU live in Beverly Hills you idiot.” – Barry Diller

“So what are you calling this great new show of yours? – Aaron Spelling

“90210” – Barry Diller

“90210? It sounds like they’re in prison, stick Beverly Hills in front of it at least” – Aaron Spelling

“Ya see that? You’re producing the show already.” – Barry Diller

Number of Times Seen – 1 (23 Oct 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A behind the scenes look at what led to the show Beverly Hills, 90210 to be created and why is became popular enough to be a fan favorite for numerous seasons.

My Take on it – As a teenager in the early 90’s, I quickly became a fan of Beverly Hills 90210 and this film does a great job showing us how this show came to be such a hit.

This film gives us a clear idea of how Darren Starr and Aaron Spelling were able to join forces and create a great teen show that is still considered among the best of its kind even after nearly 3o years.

The infighting that occurred between the cast members both on and off the set is show explicitly and we get to see what caused numerous character changes over the course of the show based solely on the personalities of the actors involved.

The actors chosen to portray these teen heartthrobs do nice jobs doing impressions of them and this helps the story work on numerous levels.

The biggest problem that this film has is similar to the ones that the other films in the series have and that is that the story feels too rushed and doesn’t go deep enough into the story lines.

It would clearly be even more engaging and enjoyable if it were to be expanded.

Bottom Line – Another fun behind the scenes look at a popular 90’s TV show.  We get a clear idea of why there was a need for such a show and how Starr and Spelling managed to pull it off.  The infighting between the stars is shown in great detail here and we get an intimate of the problems that occurred both on and off the set of this show.  The characters do nice impressions of the various cast members of this show who became teen heartthrobs and this film works on numerous levels. The biggest problem here is the same one that the other ones in the series face and that is the short run time of 90 minutes feels much too short and the film would have been better i they had expanded things even more. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – There was a scene where Ian Ziering was speaking to Shannen Doherty, and he said “you are like a mix between a shark and a tornado”. This was an obvious nod to Ian’s Sharknado (2013)’s iconic TV movies. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes close. This is yet another story that starts off really well yet feels a bit too rushed for it’s relatively short run time.

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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One thought on “Genre Guesstimation – The Unauthorized Beverly Hills 90210 Story (2015)

  1. Pingback: Genre Grandeur October Finale – Hollywoodland (2006) – Hollywood Consumer | MovieRob

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