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'''''Richie Rich''''' (stylized as ''Ri¢hie Ri¢h'') was the 1994 film version of [[ComicBook/RichieRich the classic Harvey Comics character of the same name]], starring MacaulayCulkin in his last official role as a "child actor".

Richard "Richie" Rich, Jr is the 13-year-old son of the world's richest man, billionaire business magnate and investor Richard Rich Sr. While the caring, jovial Richard Sr. and Richie's mother Regina are dedicated parents who have always provided him with the best of everything, his sheltered upbringing has cut him off from some of life's simplest pleasures -- other than his loyal butler, Herbert Cadbury (Creator/JonathanHyde), Richie's only friends are the spoiled children of other billionaires, who have little interest in down-to-earth pursuits like his passion for baseball. When Cadbury arranges for the local children of blue-collar factory workers to come play at the Rich estate, Richie is overjoyed.... until the news breaks that his parents are missing and presumed dead following a plane crash.

Unbeknownst to Richie, the Riches' plane was bombed by their greedy CFO Laurence Van Dough (John Larroquette), who seeks to gain control of their empire, plunder their famed family vault and inherit their vast fortune. Van Dough's plan, however, immediately hits three snags - first, Richie's parents survived the crash and are merely lost at sea, secondly, he learns too late that family vault has been technologically sealed by voice-activation lock which requires the presence of the lost parents to open it, and lastly, Richie himself (who was originally supposed to be aboard the same plane) has decided to step up and run the Rich business empire until his parents are found, with Cadbury serving as his legal guardian.

Richie immediately proves to be a business dynamo, achieving even more fame and fortune while bringing in his young friends as "research consultants" on the company's various kid-targeted products. The tide shifts again though when Van Dough has Cadbury framed for the bombing, removing the underage Richie's by-proxy authority over the company and essentially leaving him a prisoner in his own mansion.

Richie's only hope of getting his butler, his parents, his family business and his life back ends up being his live-in research scientist, Professor Keenbean, who devises a way to spring Cadbury from prison and attempt to locate the Riches' liferaft. Richie and his friends must then infiltrate the now highly-secured Rich manor, but meanwhile, Mr. Van Dough learns that the Rich Parents are actually still alive and is attempting to retrieve Richard and Regina in order to coerce them to bypass the voiceprint lock to their legendary family vault....

One of the two movies to star the characters, a Christmas themed sequel, ''Richie Rich's Christmas Wish'', was released to Direct-To-Video in 1998.

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!!This film contains examples of:

* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Richie is a teenager played by Macaulay Culkin instead of a prepubescent boy. His mom, Mrs. Rich, is slim in the movie, while plump in the comics. Oddly, the reverse is true for Professor Keenbean. Cadbury is made a little younger and gets a LoveInterest.
* AdaptedOut: Of the Rich household, Irona the [[RobotBuddy Robot Maid]] is dropped from the movie.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Van Dough's namesake in the comics is Richie's uncle and Reggie's father (Reginald Sr.), who like his son was a jerk but not outright evil.
* AffablyEvil: Lawrence Van Dough at times, though he completely loses his cool once his pans start to unravel.
* AffectionateNickname: Gloria's mother Diane tries to shorten Cadbury's first name to "Herb", which he immediately shoots down, claiming "I'm not a seasoning".
* AgonyOfTheFeet: Professor Keenbean suffered from this trope after inadvertently dropping a bowling ball on his foot.
* AlliterativeName: Richard Rich, Regina Rich, Richie Rich, Gloria Glad.
* ArbitrarilyLargeBankAccount: Averted. Regina says Richard has 70 billion dollars, which even after twenty years of inflation, is still an incredibly large amount of money.
* BadassBoast: When Ferguson roughly steers Richie away for his "protection", Cadbury warns him that if he touches him again, "''you'll'' be the one needing protecting." Cadbury does more than boast later in the movie.
* BadBoss: Van Dough becomes this after he [[TyrantTakesTheHelm takes the helm]]. Not that he was much better before that, mind.
* BattleButler: Cadbury, as seen during the scene where he busts out of prison after making quick work of the assassin sent to kill him. He also bests Van Dough's [[TheDragon henchman]] during the climactic scene.
--> '''Cadbury: Never''' mess with a man with sensitive teeth!
* BattleDiscretionShot: When one of Van Gough's thugs tries to off Cadbury in a prison bathroom, the fight takes place just off-screen. Of course, as mentioned with the trope above, just because Cadbury is a butler doesn't mean he can't handle himself in a fight.
* BeefBandage: Gloria's mother gives Cadbury one after she sees his injuries from being in prison.
* BenevolentBoss: Richard Rich Sr.; later Richie. Rich Sr. claims to have never fired anybody in his life. [[spoiler: He makes an exception with the BigBad and TheDragon, after they try to murder him, his family, and his son's friends.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Richie is one of the [[NiceGuy nicest]] [[SpoiledSweet rich kids]] in the world. [[BigBad Van Dough]] made the mistake of trying to [[BerserkButton kill his family and take over Rich Industries.]] It helps that the actor that plays him has [[Film/HomeAlone a history of being a nice kid no one should mess with.]]
* BigEater:
** Richard Rich does love his chocolates, claiming to be on a diet but trying to sneak some when Regina isn't looking.
** Professor Keenbean. One scene shows him ordering multiple Quarter Pounders and boxes of fries from Richie's personal [=McDonald's=], and sheepishly claiming he's working on analyzing the Secret Sauce.
** Pee-wee entirely lacks personality traits aside from his eating habits.
* BookEnds:
** At the beginning after growing up, Richie is seen playing baseball. At the end of the film, he is playing baseball again, this time, with his new friends and with Cadbury as coach.
** The movie opens with a giant green vault door opening and ends with it closing again.
* {{Bowdlerize}}: On Creator/ABCFamily, Regina's line "I look like Music/MichaelJackson!" is cut. [[note]] The censors likely invoked NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead. [[/note]] The scene mentioned under MaleGaze is, too.
* BulletProofVest: Keenbean's impervious spray turns any clothing into this, as well as making it dirtproof, stainproof, and waterproof. And it's more effective than any modern bullet-proof vest - Richie suffers no pain or even much of a response at all when he gets shot in the chest at point-blank range.
* TheButlerDidIt: The villains make it appear as if Cadbury bombed the Riches' private jet.
* ChekhovsGun: Every single one of Keenbean's inventions. Which, by extension, makes Keenbean a ChekhovsGunman and his lab a ChekhovsArmoury.
* ComicBookAdaptation: Yes, [[RecursiveAdaptation a movie based on a comic book was turned into a comic book]]. It was also published by Creator/MarvelComics, who through their Star Comics imprint published their own ''Richie Rich'' {{Expy}} comic book title named ''ComicBook/RoyalRoy''.
* ConveyorBeltODoom: The hopper that begins to feed Richie and his friends into Keenbean's molecular reorganizer.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Lawrence Van Dough. He wasn't a good employee to begin with, but he tries to actively murder his boss and his family just on the off-chance of becoming even more wealthy.
* CutLexLuthorACheck: Arguably an averted trope judging from Keenbean's behavior. The Rich family's financial wealth exceeds 70 billion dollars, and some of this may be because they family may be patenting and selling the inventions their GadgeteerGenius Keenbean creates. If so, Keenbean doesn't seem to mind that at all as the Rich family are [[BenevolentBoss Benevolent Bosses]] who are using their wealth to enable him to freely invent wonders (some less obvious than others like the Smellmaster) that he likely can't afford to make without a wealthy patron backing him. He might also love his job for various other perks like him being a BigEater inside a mansion that has its own McDonalds.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Of some aspects of the comics as relating to wealth. Richie really is a "Poor Little Rich Boy" because he craves friendship. [[spoiler:The Rich family doesn't stuff their financial treasure in estate vaults, instead they keep treasured heirlooms and mementos which they treat as more important.]]
* DemotedToExtra: Reggie, who is Richie's cousin in the comics.
* DontCallMeSir: Cadbury calls Diane "madam", which she doesn't like. She constantly tells him not to call her that, which becomes sort of her catch phrase.
* TheDragon: Mr. Ferguson to Van Dough.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment:
** For Ferguson, it's when he roughly grabs Richie near the beginning and justifies it by saying "it's my job to protect him." Cadbury gets his own immediately after - see PapaWolf.
** Van Dough when he fires his Chauffeur, for parking in a puddle he could have easily stepped over.
* EvilCanNotComprehendGood: [[spoiler:After finding out the Rich's vault is filled with family heirlooms, and that the Riches value family more then they do their money, Van Dough snaps and order his henchmen to kill the Rich family.]]
* FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: For a family movie, having Van Dough shoot a 12-year-old multiple times in the chest was pretty intense - even if he was wearing a BulletProofVest.
* FictionalPinballGame: The "Richie Rich" pinball, complete with gold-plated pieces and pictures of the Rich family. In reality, it was a modified version of Creator/DataEast's ''Pinball/TheWhosTommy''. Pity.
%%* FieryRedhead: Gloria.
* FiveTokenBand: Richie's friends, with Richie filling out the rich kid quota.
* {{Frameup}}: Van Dough frames Cadbury for blowing up Mr. and Mrs. Rich's private plane.
* FreudianExcuse: It's possible that Ferguson became Van Dough's {{Dragon}} because he felt unappreciated by the Riches for whatever reason, as implied by his "employee of the month" comment to Cadbury.
* GadgeteerGenius: Prof. Keenbean, whose inventions are truly world-changing, from a spray-on nanofluid that renders any material completely bulletproof to a prototype of an early MatterReplicator that rearranges the molecules of garbage into useful everyday items.
* AGlassOfChianti: Van Dough pours himself a bottle of wine one he thinks he's gotten rid of the Riches.
* GoldMakesEverythingShiny: Many gold-plated versions of everyday objects turn up throughout the film, from rattles and pacifiers to a set of socket wrenches presented to the Riches by a tool and die factory whom they saved from bankruptcy.
* GoodParents: Richard and Regina make sure they spend time with their son, even as they are working.
* GradeSchoolCEO: The definitive example. Richie takes over the company with Cadbury's backing after his parents' plane crash. This lasts one highly successful montage, until Cadbury is framed for the Rich's murder.
* HappilyMarried: Richie's parents, very much so. Even when they're stranded in a liferaft with dwindling rations they remain completely at ease with each other and positive about their prospects.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Cadbury. But it's likely taken care of by the Riches.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: A rare non-villain example: Keenbean falls into a trap he set for Ferguson involving his super-strength adhesive, with near-disastrous results for Richie and his friends.
* HomeAloneAntics: The movie turned into this near the end, as the house's traps were used against the bad guys. This time it was a group of kids using them. This example might be an ActorAllusion too, since MacaulayCulkin starred as Richie as well as the first two ''Home Alone'' movies.
* HonestCorporateExecutive: Rich Sr. has never fired anyone in his life, and seems to be a decent guy all around.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Being the BenevolentBoss he is, Richie's dad is this way at first when it comes to Van Dough; if not entirely unaware of the problem, at least hesitant at first to fire him.
-->'''Regina:''' Oh Richard, wake up and smell the seaweed!
* HumiliationConga: Both villains get one. Ferguson has a towel superglued to his face, is knocked out, and gets stung in the ass by a robotic bee. Van Dough is left hanging for dear life on a sheer rock face, is fired by a 12-year-old boy, whose [[BenevolentBoss father]] has never fired anyone in his life, and gets punched in the face by the mother. And then both are reduced to blue-collar groundskeepers.
* IdiotBall: Van Dough holds onto this for the entire movie for his honest belief that the richest family on Earth would hoard all their money in a sealed vault rather than, say, invest it in banks, stocks and real estate.
* IronicEcho:
-->'''Reginald:''' ''(pokes Ellsworth in the butt with his saber)'' Watch your rear. First rule of defense. ''(a servant gives him his drink)'' This is a cappuccino! I asked for a decaf café malate, you incompetent imbecile! If you can't do this job--\\
''(Richie pokes Reginald in the butt with his saber, causing him to spill his drink on him)''\\
'''Richie:''' First rule of defense, Reginald: always watch your rear.\\
''(Reginald leaves in a huff.)''
* {{Irony}}: Van Dough mocks one of Keenbean's inventions, the one that can smell anything. [[spoiler: Richard Sr. is able to identify the bomb before it can blow up the plane entirely, saving the Rich Parent's lives, although leaving them stranded at sea since the explosion clips the plane's tail.]].
* TheJeeves: Herbert Cadbury plays this trope to its full hilt. Even when he's temporarily put in jail, he still acts very upper-class and proper.
* {{Jerkass}}: Ferguson isn't especially nice to anyone, not even Richie, who he's supposed to be protecting. [[spoiler: It then is barely a surprise that he is a mole in service of Van Dough.]]
%%* TheLancer: Cadbury.
* LargeHam: Regina Rich.
--> '''Regina:''' "Oh my god, my nose! I look like Michael Jackson!"
* LonelyAtTheTop: The movie's quick to point out that money doesn't buy happiness and the only thing that Richie doesn't have are real friends even the classmates he's close to make excuses to not hang out. Though this it's hinted they mean nothing Malicious. It's funny that the kids he does become friends with had to be bribed by Cadbury to hang out with him in the first place. They do quickly become friends with him.
* LonelyRichKid: Richie has all the money in the world, but no real friends.
* LostInTranslation: A real life positive example. In the French dub, van Dough's line "Thank you, Beavis and Butthead" is replaced with the line "Looks like Homer and Marge".
* LuckyCharmsTitle: ''Ri¢hie Ri¢h''.
* MagicCountdown: When Richie's Computer does this counting down from 11.
* MaleGaze: Richie Rich has Claudia Schiffer for an aerobics teacher. One scene shows Richie and Cadbury behind her, obediently following along with her instructions and mirroring her movements until she bends over to touch the floor, at which point Richie and Cadbury both stop and stare...
* MeaningfulName: Van Dough a guy who's after the Rich's money.
* AMinorKidroduction: The beginning of the film starts with the birth of Richie, all the way up to his current age.
* MuggedForDisguise: Well, actually, Cadbury was the one being attacked but at the end of the fight he swaps out his prison garbs for the mugger's clothes so he can immediately escapes from prison without being detected in public as an escapee.
* NiceToTheWaiter:
** Richie and his parents's relationship with Cadbury and the other Rich staff shows what good people they are.
** Van Dough's attitude towards servants, such as firing his driver for a minor inconvenience, shows he's not a good person.
** Richie's spoiled classmate Reginald screams at a servant who brought him the wrong kind of coffee, irritating Richie who causes him to spill said coffee all over his fencing uniform. The servant can't help but giggle at Reginald's misfortune.
* OfficeGolf: Ellsworth does this in school. His annoyed teacher tells him to go sit down.
* OhCrap:
** Both for Keenbean and for Richie and his friends when Keenbean [[HoistByHisOwnPetard gets stuck in his own superglue]] while trying to rescue them from Ferguson.
** Richie's parents on the plane when they realize what "trinitrotoluene" is. [[spoiler:TNT for short.]]
* ParentalSubstitute: Subverted while Richie has loving parents, Cadbury is a second father to him subbing in whenever his parents can't be there. Played straight when they disappear and Cadbury becomes his legal guardian.
* PapaWolf: Cadbury when Ferguson manhandles Richie towards the beginning of the movie.
-->'''Ferguson''': It's my job to protect him.\\
'''Cadbury''': Yes, very well, Mr. Ferguson, but grab him like that again and it is YOU who will need protecting.
* PragmaticAdaptation: To deal with the property's deficit in female protagonists, the Creator/HannaBarbera series played up Irona as not only the Riches' RobotMaid, but as Richie's bodyguard with [[DoAnythingRobot a myriad of functions]] to use in his protection.
* PrecisionFStrike
-->'''Van Dough''': ''(after his gun jams at a critical moment)'' Shit!
* ProductPlacement: "You have your own [=McDonald's=]?!"
%%* PsychoForHire: Ferguson.
* PunnyName: Laurence Van Dough, Professor Keenbean.
* RealityEnsues: After hearing about the "Rich Family Vault", Van Dough assumes that it's where he'll find the family's fortune. [[spoiler:Astoundingly enough, the Riches didn't get rich by locking up all their wealth in a private, zero-interest vault; it turns out to be full of family heirlooms of no monetary worth. The Rich family's actual money is in banks, real estate, the stock market, and other revenue-generating forms. Notably, [[NotHisSled it was the opposite of the comics]], where the Rich family really did stash cash, gold and jewels in numerous vaults on the estate.]]
%%* RepetitiveName
* RunningGag: Keenbean's inability (and eventual success) in making a bedpan with his machine.
* ShooOutTheClowns: Professor Keenbean and the street kids were completely absent during the climatic scene where Richie and his parents are trapped on Mt. Richmore and trying to avoid Van Dough.
* ShoutOut: Richie's answer to Van Dough's suggestion.
-->'''Richie:''' [[Film/HomeAlone I don't think so.]]
* SmartPeopleKnowLatin: Cadbury is seen to be skilled in reading Latin. Richie himself apparently knows enough Latin to send him a secret message in a greeting card. This may also count as a ChekhovsSkill.
* SongsInTheKeyOfLock: "Side by Side" in duet, requiring both Mr. and Mrs. Rich to sing it to open the vault.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Van Dough's attempt on the Rich family were spoiled by two different spanners. Cadbury's suggestion that Richie stay home instead of joining his family's business trips foiled Van Dough attempt on Richie's life while Keenbean's Scent-Analyzer device helps mitigate the damage of the explosion on the parent's plane.
** However the latter example is arguably a zigzagged trope since Van Dough's ultimate goal was to gain access to the 'wealth' of the Rich family vault; but the catch was that the vault was sealed with a voice lock that requires the Rich parents to open it. Thus fact that Van Dough's assassination attempt was largely foiled by Keenbean's 'spanner' prevented the possibility that the vault would be rendered largely inaccessible to him.
* SpoiledBrat: Reginald. Though he only shows up in one scene, he treats everybody like crap.
* SpoiledSweet: Richie is stated to the richest kid in the world, but is a nice boy who longs to have friends. Several other kids at the school Richie goes to also seem to be well-adjusted, despite having so much cash to throw around.
* TakeThat: At one point, Rich Sr. is having a sit-down with the U.S. President, who is genuinely surprised to hear Rich explain "You see, Mr. President, when a country spends more than it earns, it goes into debt." The implicit joke is quite obvious.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Ferguson's attempt to blast the Rich family with a giant laser cannon, which does plenty of damage to Mount Richmore, but none to the Riches themselves.
* TransformationRay: The sub-atomic molecular reorganizer that Keenbean invents can transform anything into anything else.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: What Van Dough does with Rich Industries after his assassination attempt on Richie's parents.
* VillainousBreakdown: When Van Dough learns for himself that the Richs don't even keep the money he is after in the vault, he decides to go out for their blood instead.
-->'''Van Dough''': The money? ''Where is the money?!''
-->'''Mr. Rich''': [[spoiler:''(in his best [[WhatAnIdiot are-you-kidding-me?]] voice)'' In banks! Where else? Oh! And the stock market, real estate...]]
-->'''Van Dough''': Are you kidding me? You mean to tell me [[spoiler:that there isn't a single gold bar, or emerald, or thousand dollar bill in this entire mountain?!]]
-->'''Mr. Rich''': [[spoiler:Well, I'm sorry to disappoint you Lawrence, but that's not what we treasure.]]
-->'''Van Dough''': Shoot them! Shoot them now, please!
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Lawrence Van Dough, after he frames Cadbury for the Riches' disappearance, sweet talks the press about how his main concern is Richie's best interests.
* UltimateJobSecurity: What Rich Industries employees enjoy thanks to [[BenevolentBoss Richie's father]] - unless, of course, you try to kill his family and take over the company.
* WeHaveWaysOfMakingYouTalk: "How would you like to spend the rest of your life as a bedpan?"
* WorthlessTreasureTwist: [[spoiler:The Rich family vault contains only heirlooms that are precious to them, but not valuable to anyone else. This, of course, leads to Van Dough's VillainousBreakdown. The Riches did not get to be the richest family in the world by keeping all their money in a vault instead of productively investing it.]]
* WouldHurtAChild: The villains are more than willing to shoot children, turn them into bedpans, blast them with a laser, etc., especially after they learn of the WorthlessTreasureTwist.
* YouHaveToBelieveMe: Van Dough refuses to believe Keenbean doesn't know the vault's location. Keenbean's further elaboration that the vault is voice-activated (requiring the Rich parents' to be alive and present) gets them off his back since he could (and does) get the location by interrogating the parents for the vault location after. However, the fact that Keenbean knows the vault has that feature does implies that Van Dough was right to be skeptical about Keenbean's feigned ignorance since the voice-activated security is very high-tech and Keenbean is the Rich family's trusted GadgeteerGenius.
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