Richie Rich, as I’m sure most everyone knows, is the story of the world's richest kid who has every material possession one could imagine – from a car to drive around his humongous mansion to a time machine that allows him to meet his future self – apparently he’ll morph into his father, just not nearly as lazy. It’s fun, even if his friends aren’t the best in the world.
Darcy (Jenna Ortega) is a materialistic shopaholic who regularly steals from Richie and has no issues using and manipulating others. Harper (Lauren Taylor), his sister, is mean, manipulative and kind of heartless. His father (Kiff VandenHeuvel) is lazy. And stupid.
Murray (Joshua Carlon), Richie’s money manager, is obsessive where Richie’s money goes but he’s not a user like other characters. And Irona (Brooke Wexler), his robot maid, is snarky but not a bad person. Or computer. Or whatever.
Yes, aside from Murray (who yells a lot about money), the best person in his life is a robot.
I know, that’s a lot of complaining but the show is amusing – as long as you ignore the not-nice people in Richie’s life. Richie (Jake Brennan), by the way, is probably the only truly good hearted person. He’s far too nice to those who use him and is quick to apologize when he does the slightest thing that might be considered meanish. And the young cast isn’t a bad group of actors, even if some of the dialogue is, shall we say, less than inspired. Brennan, especially, has the makings of a fruitful career ahead of him and Wexler is just awesome as Irona – who knew a machine could be so full of attitude? Ortega’s character is unlikable but she isn’t; she plays sass well and somehow keeps you from wanting to see Darcy have a house dropped on her head. Carlon is so convincing as geeky Murray, I’d be surprised to hear he didn’t have thick rimmed glasses of his own. And as much as I can’t stand Harper, Taylor deserves credit for making her work seem effortless.
The actors are better than their roles. Hopefully the show will grow to match the talent.
Overall, Richie Rich is a fun diversion and, with two seasons currently available, it can make for an eye rolling and giggle-filled afternoon. Give it a try. Just don’t expect a Disney Channel or Nickelodeon level sitcom.
Oh, and give the boy a break; cut Darcy off already.
Richie Rich is just a normal kid, except that he has a trillion dollars! After turning his uneaten vegetables into green energy, he becomes an overnight success and moves into the coolest mansion with his dad, jealous sister, two best friends...and a robot maid. His new life is a nonstop roller coaster ride filled with high-tech gadgets and extraordinary adventures. There’s never a dull moment in the world of Richie!