A documentary on children of the insanely rich. Directed by one of their own, Johnson & Johnson heir, Jamie Johnson.

Director:

Reviews
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In this hard-hitting but humorous documentary, director Jamie Johnson takes the exploration of wealth that he began in Born Rich one step further. The One Percent, refers to the tiny ... See full summary »

Director: Jamie Johnson
Stars: Nicole Buffet, Chuck Collins, Steve Forbes
A Dangerous Game II (2014)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

This sequel to You've Been Trumped (2011) investigates how land developers like Donald Trump use golf as an excuse to build huge luxurious resorts at the expense of the locals and their ecosystem, and abuse natural resources.

Director: Anthony Baxter
Stars: Anthony Baxter, Michael Forbes, Donald Trump
97% Owned (2012)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

97% owned present serious research and verifiable evidence on our economic and financial system. This is the first documentary to tackle this issue from a UK-perspective and explains the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Oswald
Stars: Maddy Reilly, Ben Dyson, Anne Belsey
Overdos (2010)
Documentary | News
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In times of crisis people seek strong leaders and simple solutions. But what happens when their solutions are identical to the mistakes that caused the very crisis?

Director: Martin Borgs
Stars: Johan Norberg
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A documentary on American political campaign marketing tactics and their consequences.

Director: Rachel Boynton
Stars: Mauricio Balcazar, James Carville, Tad Devine
The Apprentice (TV Series 2004)
Game-Show | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A reality-tv based show in which contestants compete for a job as an apprentice to billionaire American Donald Trump.

Stars: Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, George Ross
Adrift III (2014)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Set apart in a remote coastal landscape, a local fisherman and a long-distance swimmer struggle to find pleasure and advance a distant relationship.

Director: Jamie Johnson
Stars: McCaleb Burnett, Cornelia Livingston
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Stars: Ivanka Trump, Amanda Aardsma, Shelly Moore
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Herself - Real-Estate Heiress
Georgina Bloomberg ...
Herself - Media Heiress
Si Newhouse IV ...
Himself - Publishing Heir (as S.I. Newhouse IV)
Luke Weil ...
Himself - Gaming Industry Heir
Cody Franchetti ...
Himself - Textile Heir
Stephanie Ercklentz ...
Herself - Finance Heiress
Josiah Hornblower ...
Himself - Vanderbilt / Whitney Heir
Carlo von Zeitschel ...
Himself - European Royalty
Christina Floyd ...
Herself - Professional Sports Heiress
...
Herself - A&P Supermarket Heiress
Peter L. Skolnik ...
Himself - Attorney (as Peter Skolnik)
Edit

Storyline

A documentary on children of the insanely rich. Directed by one of their own, Johnson & Johnson heir, Jamie Johnson.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 January 2003 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Luke Weil claimed he was tricked into appearing on camera and filed a lawsuit in 2002 trying to prevent this film from seeking distribution, but a New York state Supreme Court justice ruled in favor of director Jamie Johnson. See more »

Quotes

Luke Weil: Did you ever have an encounter that rubs you the wrong way? It's whoever pisses you off. And I'm up at boarding school. And this kid's from like some shit town in Connecticut. You know, I don't know. I can just say, fuck you, I'm from New York. I can buy your family, piss off. And this is petty, and this is weak. And this is very underhanded, but it's so easy, you know.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Compelling below the surface.
19 November 2003 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

The supposedly inane problems of inherited wealth are reframed quite well in this film. I felt that there was an important contradiction made clear. America's 400 year old flight from Europe's monarchies and class systems is both long over and yet still taking place. I don't believe that this contradiction has anything to do with money.

Personal dignity is the prize at the end of the American dream. And yet dignity is far more elusive than we'd like to believe. This has a lot more to do with practical parenting and the real value that children have to their parents and how it's shown, NOT how much they spend or can spend on their children.

Americans have steadfastly (in principal) defined personal worth by personal achievement. Whether you began your days in humble circumstances or not, you can with effort, create the wealth and comfort for yourself and your family that you need. This is the American Idea. And yet this principal becomes mere theory for those whose lives are defined utterly by someone else's effort, often long before they were born.

The problems of these people are somewhat anachronistic to the rest of us. And also quietly disturbing because there is a wound that the American identity struggles with on the subject of wealth, power, history and privilege (royalty). Americans are both attracted to the glamor of privilege and repelled intellectually. Some part of our problem is universal; how to define personal value when those with power apparently don't need to worry about it. There is an important moment in the film where, in a candid remark, a young man describes a sense of pique he'd experienced where he had said to himself about someone he was annoyed with, "we could buy your family," and he believes it. This says volumes about the sense of narcissistic confusion that stems from an identity where basic values have not been passed down and personal dignity is not fought for. What more compelling is that the young man also seems to be aware of that fact.

A few of these people seem to be trying to reset their values to relate to the rest of us. This is a specifically American virtue and it separates them from the rest who have delusions of relevance bloated even more by this film's interest in their lives; they wouldn't be out of place in the courts of Europe a century ago.

A fascinating film.


16 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
People who complain about the rich, envy. moodyart
jamie's voice peawok
Money can't buy good skin ? choobieflowergirl
Idle class parasites The_Deputy
What is Jamie's Inheritence Worth? ErosEros
normal people blainedeyoung
Discuss Born Rich (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?