The richest kid in the world, Richie Rich, has everything he wants, except companionship. While representing his father at a factory opening, he sees some kids playing baseball across the street. Richie wants to join in, but they don't want him around. When a plot to kill the Rich family is devised by Rich Industries' top executive, Laurence Van Dough, Richie must take over control of the company while searching for his lost parents with the help of some new friends.Written by
Mark J. Popp <firstname.lastname@example.org>
When Professor Keenbean is being filmed standing next to the machine dispensing bowling balls, he goes to switch it off with empty arms, but when we switch to the next shot of him he has a bowling ball in his arms and drops it on his foot. See more »
[while interrogating Professor Keenbean]
You told me what this machine can do to a person. How'd you like to spend the rest of your life as a bedpan?
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The film is bookended with the opening and closing of a vault at the opening titles and closing credits. See more »
The 2004 DVD release replaces John Larraquette's line "shit" to "shoot". All current prints contain the unedited line. See more »
I didn't absolutely hate Richie Rich, but for me it wasn't that great either. As usual, there were some good things, but some not so good things as well.
THE GOOD THINGS:
1) Macaulay Culkin, personally I think he is better an actor than people give him credit for. He is one of the main reasons why I love the first two Home Alone movies so much. Here, he gives a very spirited lead performance, admittedly not as cute as he was when he was starring in underrated gems like Uncle Buck, but he shows once again what a talented actor he was.
2) Jonathan Hyde as the butler comes very close to stealing the show, a very funny and sly performance. Also Edward Hermann and Christine Ebersole give humorous performances, while John Larroquette plays the villain of the piece more than adequately.
3) The scenery is quite impressive, captured well by the breezy cinematography. The Biltmore estate was gorgeous.
4) The soundtrack was decent, nice background music especially.
5) I liked the moral the film taught; All the money in the world can't make you happy, thinking about it that is true.
THE NOT SO GOOD THINGS:
1) While I liked the moral of the film, the story itself is predictable and somewhat contrived. it probably doesn't help you have seen it all before.
2) The script is quite weak in general. Don't get me wrong there were some good spots like "Oh my god I look like Michael Jackson!" but the jokes are admittedly very silly and juvenile, and the scripting does fall in the danger of becoming clichéd.
3) The pacing. Now I don't mind films that move fast. I do have more of a problem if the pacing is TOO fast, despite the feel good nature of the film, and its valiant attempt to rise above superficial material, the film feels a little too rushed, the ending particularly felt skimmed over.
4) The characters feel rather stereotypical. Maybe that is an unfair complaint as it probably couldn't be avoided, but I couldn't help thinking yeah I recognise that type of character.
Overall, definitely not a bad film, worth watching at least once, but I personally didn't find it that great. 5/10 Bethany Cox
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