29. Richie Rich
Release Year: 1994
Directed By: Donald Petrie
Starring: Macaulay Culkin, John Larroquette, Jonathan Hyde, Edward Herrmann, Christine Ebersole, Mike McShane, Chelcie Ross, Reggie Jackson, Stephi Lineburg, Mariangela Pino, Joel Robinson, Jonathan Hilario, Michael Maccarone, Justin Zaremby, Ben Stein, Claudia Schiffer
Release Date: Sunday, March 1
Macaulay Culkin’s probably best known for his star-making role in Home Alone and its sequel, but as a child star in the ’90s, he made the rounds in a number of starring roles. Later this year, the actor will stage his biggest comeback as he joins the cast of American Horror Story’s upcoming season, a newbie among series veterans. But once upon a time, Culkin headlined some of our favorite childhood movies, like Richie Rich, which inspired a Netflix original series. This March, the movie comes to the streamer, and it’s one of the best nostalgic flicks of the month.
Based on the Harvey Comics character of the same name by Alfred Harvey and Warren Kremer, Richie Rich stars Macaulay Culkin as the title character, a billionaire’s son and the world’s most privilege kid. Richie has access to everything he could ever dream of, thanks to his mother (Christine Ebersole) and father (Edward Herrmann). But when his parents mysteriously go missing, Richie eyes greedy CEO Laurence Van Dough (John Larroquette) as the culprit and joins forces with a number of fellow kids who help Richie learn what was actually missing from his life.
Richie Rich comes from director Donald Petrie, who also directed such films as Mystic Pizza, Grumpy Old Men, Miss Congeniality, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Just My Luck and Little Italy. The received generally negative reception from critics, holding a rotten score of 24% on Rotten Tomatoes, and also struggled at the box office with a worldwide gross two million shy of making back its $40 million budget. Still, the film proved successful in rentals and spawned a 1998 direct-to-video sequel as well as the 2015 Netflix series of the same name. Don’t miss the throwback favorite when it returns to Netflix for streaming at the top of the month.