Rated: PG Reviewed by: Frank Release date: December 21, 1994 Released by: Warner Brothers
Word has it that if Richie Rich fails, Macaulay Culkin's career is over. At his age, he should not worry. The film is neither a failure nor a ringing success.
The cast is well chosen. Edward Herrmann is the father and Christine Ebersole is the doting mother. Jonathan Hyde is the faithful valet and John Larroquette is the obnoxious villain.
When the family is together with their dog, Dollar, showering affection on each other, the comic book flavor works but the script writers decide it needs a series of silly villains to create a crises which the family must solve. I found the basic idea of the richest kid in the world seeking friendship with "real kids" the better part of the story. It is also refreshing to have parents who dote over the kid rather than neglect or abuse him.
It was just okay for me, but the kids in the audience went away satisfied. Each one I spoke with said they liked it.