Macaulay Culkin, Edward Herrmann, Christine Ebersole, John Larroquette, Jonathan Hyde, LOADSA MONEY, WONGA, DOUGH, GREENBACKS
Story by: Neil Tolkin
Screenplay by: Tom S Parker and Jim Jennewein
Directed by: Donald Petrie
Lawrence Van Dogh – “I hate that kid.”
WHAT IS IT? It’s the 1990s movie based on the Harvey Comic of everyone’s favourite rich kid, Richie Rich, played by everyone’s other favourite rich kid, Macaulay Culkin.
GOOD IDEA/BAD IDEA: Macaulay Culkin was Hollywood’s current big thing thanks to his successful appearance in Home Alone which had netted him a big chunk of change, so casting him as a rich kid was a no brainer.The movie itself isn’t dreadful and shows flashes of fun, but all too often descends into typical 90s family-comedy territory....and Richie’s storyline about finding friends is cringe worthy.JUST BUY SOME MATES YOU IDIOT AND MOVE ON WITH YOUR LIFE!
WHAT’S THE STORY?
Richie Rich (Culkin) is rich.His mum’s rich, his dad’s rich, and through association his dog is probably rich as well.But unlike what TV and movies would often have people believe, Richie is in no way a spoilt brat; instead he is a nice boy who just wants to make friends.Being filthy rich he does of course have friends, but these are all posh brats, the kind TV and movies warn people about, and so Richie feels the need to get a bit more street, a bit more urban, and he decides he wants to kick it with some ghetto kids instead.
Thankfully the ghetto isn’t too far away, and luckily it’s populated by regular kids, who respect their mothers, don’t swear, shop at GAP and have never popped a cap in anyone’s ass.Richie realises that these are his kind of people and so he invites them round to his mansion, because his parents have left him.... HOME ALONE!
With no parents to hassle him he encourages the ghetto kids to eat fast food, run around the grounds and ride his rollercoaster, which they all do with impeccable manners, and then they thank him and once again leave him.... HOME ALONE!
Being a young guy, Richie finds all this time spent alone quite distracting, and so instead decides that he needs to find a way to stop being left.... HOME ALONE!
So Richie quickly takes over the family business, employs the ghetto kids to help, which bumps up the profits, but then finds none of this impresses the evil Lawrence Van Dogh (Larroquette) who thinks Richie is better off....HOME ALONE!
After a while Richie thinks that somebody somewhere, possibly even God, only wants him to be in situations where he is left.... HOME ALONE, and so from this point on surrounds himself with everybody he has ever known.Thankfully because he is mega-rich nobody seems to mind, especially all the street kids, who declare him a great friend and spend all his money on cheap girls, liquor and shopping trips to GAP.
RICH LIST: *If the total amount of money Richie owned was ever combined with the total amount Macaulay Culkin owned, then the financial world would explode.
*Richie Rich has never seen the movie Home Alone, but he did once watch Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.It is unclear if he ever liked it, but chances are he preferred it to Home Alone 3.
*The ABBA song Money, Money, Money is about money.Richie Rich likes money.He doesn’t like ABBA.There’s some irony there.