Video Essay: Richie Rich and the Search for Friends in Cinema

Kentucker Audley continues his series of transformative video essays by examining another classic '90s film, this time starring Macaulay Culkin.

Macaulay Culkin was one of the cutest kids in the world, but also he was a great actor. In this movie Richie Rich, he plays a lonely kid who has everything but all he wants is friends, and for his parents to be alive. It’s a great film about searching for friends and then showing them how cool your house is and letting them ride your personal roller coaster. Rob Reiner was the director and he did a fantastic job putting fun things in the movie, like the Kidapult, the Smell Master and bags of manure. Will Richie Rich find friends? You can watch the whole movie or I tell you in this video essay too. Enjoy!

Kentucker Audley is an actor, filmmaker and programmer. He stars in Amy Seimetz’s Sun Don’t Shine, Ti West’s The Sacrament, and Dustin Guy Defa’s Bad Fever. He has directed four feature films, including Open Five, which was called one of the Top 25 films of 2010 by The New Yorker, and Open Five 2. He also runs NoBudge.com, which screens new indie films.