Movie Review: Richie Rich

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Richie Rich Summary

Richard “Richie” Rich, Jr. is “the world’s richest boy”, son of billionaire businessman and philanthropist Richard Senior. Richie has only his loyal butler Herbert Cadbury as a companion, and lacks any friends his own age. At a dedication to the reopening of United Tool, Richie encounters a group of sandlot kids playing baseball. Unfortunately, before he is able to talk to them, the overly-strict head of security, Ferguson, stops Richie and sharply pulls him away.

Meanwhile, the greedy CFO of Rich Industries Lawrence Van Dough is plotting to steal the Rich financial fortune, believed to be stored in the Rich family vault. Van Dough, with the help of Ferguson, plots to blow up the plane carrying the Rich family to England.

After a failed attempt on Richie’s part to make friends with the sandlot kids, Cadbury makes a suggestion to Richie’s mother Regina and arranges for Richie to stay home in Chicago for a weekend of fun with the sandlot kids.

During the plane trip to England, the bomb Van Dough ordered planted is discovered by chance among the many presents they mean to deliver to the Queen. Upon realizing what it is, Richard is able to toss it out his window, but the bomb detonates while still near the plane, destroying part of the tail, sending Billion Dollar One into the ocean. Richard and Regina survive the crash and float on a life raft. While initially upset that Richie wasn’t on the plane, Van Dough is undeterred and, believing Richie’s parents to be dead, assumes leadership of Rich Corporation, and proceeds to cut the many charitable contributions the Rich family were known for. This includes closing the recently reopened United Tool factory, which the parents of the sandlot kids relied upon for their income. This angers Richie, and so with the encouragement and assistance of Cadbury, he proceeds to the company headquarters and, as a living Rich family member, assumes the leadership position.

Van Dough, however, sees this as a minor setback: as Richie is still underage, his ability to run the business is limited by the powers given to him by someone who was able to give it to him – namely, Cadbury. To rectify this, he has Cadbury framed for the Rich family’s apparent murder when bomb parts are found in his room, and most of the Rich family’s other loyal servants are fired en masse by Van Dough’s edict. To ensure he doesn’t somehow get released, Van Dough plots to have Cadbury murdered in jail and make it look like a suicide. With Professor Keenbean eavesdropping on their conversation, he manages to sneak Richie out and enact a successful plan to help Cadbury escape from prison just as a hulking hitman arrives to murder Cadbury, Cadbury is able to knock out the hitman. Cadbury and Richie then make their way to Gloria’s house, where Diane tends to Cadbury, and Richie uses Gloria’s computer to hack into the Dadlink’s mainframe at Rich Manor.

During this time, Van Dough finds out about Cadbury’s escape and, with Ferguson’s help, confronts Keenbean where he states that the lock to the Rich family vault is voice-activated by Richard and Regina. Richard manages to send out a distress code on his repaired Dadlink, but the signal is intercepted by Ferguson, who disconnects Richie’s modem from the phone line and then informs Van Dough that Richie’s parents are alive.

Van Dough is eventually led to Mount Richmore, a gigantic mountainside-sculpture of the three Rich members’ heads where the vault is located. There, he is furious when he sees that the vault holds the Rich family’s most precious memories and keepsake treasures — but nothing that is of true monetary value. Desperate to get the money, he attempts to shoot Richard and Regina, only for Richie to appear in the nick of time and interfere and is shot at instead, though the bullets prove harmless thanks to one of Keenbean’s inventions. The Rich family manages to get away and the chase leads them down the side of the mountain, where they are under further attack by Ferguson and a rock-blasting laser that had originally been used to sculpt the mountain/vault. After a brief fight, Cadbury finally succeeds in disarming Ferguson and Van Dough is fired.

Days later, Richie plays baseball with his new friends for the United Tool team on the Rich Manor’s yard, with Cadbury as team coach. He hits a home run, which is picked up by Van Dough, who is gardening with Ferguson as part of their work release and subsequently tosses the baseball into the fountain. Richard and Regina blissfully state that Richie now really is the richest boy in the world, as he has found the one thing that money can’t buy: friends.

Richie Rich Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A fun family movie that is centering a rich child whose name is Richie. Its cute, adventurous and unforgettable.

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