Rich in Love

Movie review by
Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
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Predictable Brazilian romcom has language, sex.
  • NR
  • 2020
  • 104 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

When you're rich, it's hard to distinguish real friends from those after your money.  If you want a good friend, be a good friend.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Smart and hardworking women are competent at their jobs. The son of a rich dad is idle, lazy, spoiled until beautiful women inspire him to change his ways.

Violence

An heir to a tomato fortune has truckloads of tomatoes delivered to his birthday party for a tomato fight. A woman suggests it's in bad taste since so many people are starving. A superior is sexually harassing a younger woman, so friends slip a drug into his coffee.

Sex

Men and women kiss passionately. Two friends are discovered in a men's room switching clothing. A man walks in, mistakenly assumes they are about to have sex. A father finds his son and a woman making love in a fountain full of tomato sauce; no nudity is seen. A man wakes up, finds a woman in his bed; implication is they had sex but he doesn't know her name. A female police officer stops a wealthy young man for speeding, lets him go after aggressively patting him down, caressing his butt suggestively, implying they'd had sex. Someone assumes that Teto has slept with every woman in town. It's suggested that a young man in his 20s is a virgin. Trying to escape a superior making unwanted advances, a woman passionately kisses a complete stranger.

Language

"F--k," "s--t," "suck," "ass," "screw," and "hell."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters put knockout drops in someone's drink. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Rich in Love (Ricos de Amor) is a Brazilian romantic comedy (with English subtitles) in which a good-for-nothing son of a wealthy mogul switches identities with a poor friend to find out how people really feel about him. The son has a reputation for sleeping with lots of women, but there's no nudity. A man wakes up and finds a woman in his bed. The implication is they had sex the night before, but he doesn't know the woman's name. A female police officer stops a wealthy young man for speeding, but lets him go after aggressively patting him down and caressing his butt suggestively, implying they'd had sex. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "ass," and "hell." A supervisor sexually harasses his subordinate at work. Friends drop knockout drops in his coffee, hoping he'll stop bothering the woman.  

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What's the story?

RICH IN LOVE is the story of Teto (Danilo Mesquita), the 20-something heir to a Brazilian tomato sauce fortune. He sleeps late, and when he finally wakes, he sometimes finds a young woman in his bed whose name he doesn't remember. Employees clean up his messes. His father gives him a $60,000 car for his birthday. Another gift is a job as an executive at Dad's company, but that spot is made available by firing a young go-getter named Monique (Lelle), the hardworking woman who actually earned the job. Teto has no interest in working until he meets another hardworking woman, Paula (Giovanna Lancellotti), a young doctor who worked her way up from nothing. To make sure that she likes him for who he is rather than because he's rich, he elaborately fools her, pretending to be a poor janitor toiling through a training program at his father's company, which could lead to a job there. He competes against his best friend/employee Igor (Jaffar Bambirra) for the job, but persuades Igor to pose as Teto, the company owner's son, so Teto can win the job on his own merits. Will Teto learn to be a better person and find love?

Is it any good?

This Brazilian romcom is not special or memorable. There's absolutely nothing original about Rich in Love, not the concept of telling lies to get at the truth, not the pretending to be poor in order to find one's place in the world, nor the transformation of a selfish, spoiled rich kid finding his purpose when he finally notices all the suffering, deprivation, and need around him. And given how little we see of any decency or empathy in Teto, it feels like a sure bet that the dedicated, smart, and caring women who supposedly inspire him to do better probably wouldn't have that much influence on him if they weren't beautiful. The movie is a cliché from start to finish, and there's scarcely a character worth caring about.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether Teto's "transformation" is believable. Why do you think Teto changes so quickly from selfish to helpful and caring?

  • How does Rich in Love compare to other romcoms you've seen?

  • What does it mean to be spoiled? In what ways does Teto represent the way not to raise kids?

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