Posted on Friday, February 20th, 2015 by Angie Han
In the first trailer for Netflix’s Richie Rich, the quintessential rich kid is richer than ever. Oh, but don’t worry, this version isn’t some spoiled brat who inherited his wealth. He’s a spoiled brat who earned it by selling some invention for one trillion dollars. Yes, that’s right: One. TRILLION. Dollars. As in, the number one followed by twelve zeroes.
So does all that money make him a better person? Spoiler alert: No. Watch the Richie Rich Netflix trailer after the jump, but only if you’re in the mood to make horrified faces at something.
To put Richie Rich’s fabulous wealth in perspective, $1,000,000,000,000 is 5% of the U.S.’ current total GDP. Richie Rich by himself would have the 16th highest GDP in the world, were he a country. Bill Gates, currently Forbes’ wealthiest man in the world, has a measly $79.2 billion to his name. Even the $62 billion owned by Smaug, Forbes’ richest fictional character, is chump change to Richie Rich.
Maybe the only part of that trailer that made me perk up was when the voiceover said he was “made of money.” Imagine if Richie Rich were literally made of money, and his impoverished family was forced to give away parts of him to pay their bills. Now that’s a show I’d watch.
But this isn’t that show. So what does Richie Rich do with all that money? Despite the trailer’s insistence that he has “a heart of gold,” it looks like he mostly just puts it toward toys. One of which is a pit full of gorillas that maul one of his best friends. Oh, and there’s a sexy robot maid that he becomes disappointed in when she ruins “the magic,” i.e., his pre-teen boner.
Granted, Richie Rich is a fantasy aimed at kids, who’ll mostly just be ooh-ing and ahh-ing over Richie’s cool stuff. (Pity the parent who gets a Richie Rich-inspired Santa letter come Christmastime.) It’s not trying to be some kind of hard-hitting social commentary. But it just irks to see this smug little kid bragging about his thirteen-figure fortune, especially since it doesn’t look like he has any other redeeming qualities.
Richie Rich hits Netflix on February 20.
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