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living in: troop beverly hills

by amym

Last week, I was on a first date, and when the subject of favorite movies came up, I blurted out that Troop Beverly Hills was my number one. I mean, it’s not technically true, but I was nervous and must have had it on the brain thanks to this post. Take my advice — the whole getting to know you better process is awkward enough without Shelley Long getting involved. 1980s glam camping (ahem, glamping) is something best savored with girlfriends and bottles of cheap champagne at grownup slumber parties, not dark bars with handsome boys, but it should be savored nonetheless. — Amy M.

1. Yellow and White Striped Tent, $1400; 2. Glow in the Dark Compass, $5; 3. J.Crew Satin Jumpsuit, $300; 4. Girl Scout Cookies, $4; 5. Desert Sleeping Bag, $84; 6. Giorgio Body Powder, $2; 7. Louis Vuitton Agenda Book, $535; 8. Pocket Corkscrew, $54; 9. Champagne Stand, $30; 10. Marshmallow Skewers, $34/set of 9

The second roundup and more movie stills continue after the jump . . .

Troop Beverly Hills was a touchstone of my youth. Ridiculous outfits and star-studded cookie sales drives; color-coordinated hiking packs and room service at The Beverly — I wanted to be a wilderness girl with every ounce of my being. Patches in diamond appraisal? Yes, sign me up — still.

1. Martinique Banana Leaf Wallpaper; 2. Rhinestone Frog Pin, $16; 3. BriteLyt Lantern, $134; 4. Green Beret, $14; 5. Antique Campaign Chair, $3250; 6. Vintage Cigarette Holder, $15; 7. White Birch Logs, $15; 8. Nikon Binoculars, $84; 9. Crosley Desk Phone, $40; 10. Copper Fondue Set, $99

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  • I work for the Girl Scouts, and I’ve been wanting to see this movie again for the past year.

  • oh my god oh my god oh my god. This is my secret favorite movie, and I’m so excited to see a Living In for it! When I was a kid, I fantasized about getting a badge for diamond evaluation.

  • Grace you are my kind of camper down to the JCrew jumpsuit and my favorite G.S. cookies. I had the op. to purchase that Martinique wallpaper once and let it slip out of my hands. Still dying to paper a powder room with that iconic paper. Fabulous post Grace and I hope your 4th was a blast?!!

  • My mother and I love love loved this movie when I was young. I was always a little sad that my Girl Scout troop wasn’t more like the Wilderness Girls.

  • YES! Thanks for this one! (I’m sure I emailed in requesting this before too!)

    “This is what you call roughing it?” … “One bathroom for nine people? YES!”

  • Growing up, my mother belonged to Columbia House, so we would get an option each month to buy some movies for like a dollar. She bought Troop Beverly Hills and it sat there for years going unwatched. Finally, one day, I popped it in and laughed my butt off. It’s hilarious! I get what you’re saying, but I say, let loose. If that guy was cool, he’d love that movie, too! : O )

  • Yessss! This is so funny and awesome. Love the yellow stripes and little details. She had the best outfits. It’s cookie tiiime!

  • Love love love this! I haven’t watched the movie for over a decade but still remember that little diamond frog, the red cigarette holder, the glam sleeping bags and just about every thing else from this post. And I quote…”Patches! We don’t need no stinkin’ patches!”

  • OMG I just about jumped out of my chair w/ glee! This is one of my all time FAVORITE 80’s movies!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much for brightening my day!!!! Love it!

  • What a great surprise! My mom and I LOVED this movie as well, she was a scout leader and I was in scouts through my Gold Award (for those of you who aren’t familiar, that means I went through high school, yup, i’m a dork!) This was so fun to see! Thank you!

  • Haha! I love the date story, did the boy still call back?
    I had somehow completely forgotten about Troop Beverly Hills- which is a shame because it’s a classic! What an amazing movie! I’ll definitely be adding it to my netflix queue, and asap!
    Thanks for reminding me!

  • One of my favorite movies! My childhood babysitter, Bambi, used to rent this movie for my sisters and me. “It’s cookie time!”

  • This was one of my favorite movies growing up! Every now and then I still bust out in the “Cookie Time” song.

  • This is hilarious! I had forgotten all about this fab movie. Absolutely love the roundup. I need to collect some girlfriends for a viewing ASAP :)

  • “I’ll see your marshmallow and raise you a weenie”
    “You’re bluffin'”
    “Wilderness Girls. Don’t. Bluff.”

    Yes. Loooove this!

  • I LOVE this movie! Also love that Jenny Lewis went on to become such a rock star, quite literally. :) Thanks for this!

  • OMG! I watched this movie over and over again when I had the chicken pox. I LOVED it!

  • OMG YES. “It’s cookie time, it’s cookie time…” Seriously one of my favorite movies of my youth. I longed to go camping in awesome yellow tents rather than bug infested cabins. Fabulous choice – this totally made my day!

  • This very same thing happens to me all the time! Whenever I’m asked about my favorite movie Troop Beverly Hills is the first thing that pops into my mind. It must have really left an impression on me as a kid. :)

  • Yes! This movie is amazing! I especially love a young Jenny Lewis as the cute as a button daughter.. A great start to a career that’s still going strong with her musical success!

  • Phyllis Nefler!!! I just flashbacked to my childhood sleepovers. My mom made green milkshakes (shakes with green food coloring) and we watched Troop Beverly Hills. Good times!

  • Great memories! My sisters and I must have watched this 100 times. Can’t wait to share it with my daughters!!

  • perfect summer flick! i’ve been wanting to have a shelly-longathon and this is the best one in my queue! one my fave movies! thanks for this ♥

  • best…movie…ever!!
    we’re the troop from Beverly Hills shopping is our greatest skill!

  • This was one of my favorite movies for years! My mom was our troop leader and definitely as innovative and clever (if not as Beverly Hills) as Phyllis and my friends and I were scouts until we were sixteen. Our district even had a yearly “Camp Beverly Hills” event at a moderately glamorous but horribly outdated hotel downtown that was SO much more fun than camping. However, we had a four-to-one bathroom ratio, so I guess we weren’t really roughing it.
    And now, to repeat the question everyone else is asking…how did the handsome fellow take your answer?

  • OMG OMG OMG i couldn’t care less about the movie–i’ve never seen it.
    i want to hear about the first date.

  • I absolutely LOVED this movie as a kid! I’d completely forgotten about it, but the memories are flooding back. I must find it and watch it again!

  • When I was in Girl Scouts this was a MUST watch for our campouts!!! HE PERMED ME!!! Is a phrase I still use to this day in a dramatic story build up.

  • Can I express how much I love this movie? My sister got it for me on DVD so I can watch it whenever I want. It’s also pretty awesome that Jenny Lewis is in it!

  • WOW!! What an amazing blast from the past. By far my favourite movie as a little girl and yet, until I saw this post, I haven’t recollected about the movie in years! Thanks for enlightening :)

  • If you do Living In- Girls Just Want to Have Fun next I am going to think you are inside my brain.

  • I love, love, love this movie! It is easily one of my favorites and I can sadly quote the entire thing. Everytime I am sick, bored, or sad this is my go to cheer me up movie! I love all the living in posts but this has definately been one of my favorites!

  • first Benny and Joon now this!!! Awesome movies! My faves from teenage years. Now i totally gotta wacth them

  • my best friend and I just realized that this had been both of our childhood favorite movie, needless to say it had been years since either of us had seen it. I sent her out for champers while I went out in search of it and now we reference it constantly, as in “I’m coming Alicia! I’ve got the fondue!” hahaha

  • I LOVED this movie growing up! I’m telling you, you made my day with this post – it had me cracking up and reminiscing through the whole thing.

  • Excuse me officer… do you know who this man is? He is the one, the greatest, he is my daddy. Now daddy, shake the man’s hand and let’s be on our way…

  • Um I love this! This is just fantastic. I sadly didn’t grow up in the 80’s but yet I still remember loving this movie when I watched it with my sister. This is great.

  • My 2 older sisters passed an obssesion with this movie down to me! I LOVE it – always have, always will. My oldest neice is getting to be the right age for a first time screening of this movie– I know she’ll love it…it;’s in her blood!!