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Richie Rich's Christmas Wish

By Tracey Petherick, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Unoriginal festive made-for-TV movie has some good messages.

Movie G 1998 84 minutes
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If you're in the market for a second-rate combination of Back to the Future and It's a Wonderful Life with some slapstick action thrown in, then you're in luck. Richie Rich's Christmas Wish is a farcical adventure with parallel universe morality messages and distinctly made-for-TV production values. But that's not to say it's completely devoid of the entertainment factor.

Richie himself is actually quite a pleasant kid. Notwithstanding a smidgen of self pity and unavoidable privilege, he has good intentions and learns some valuable lessons. The plotline is frequently implausible but is delivered with enthusiasm and tongue-in-cheek humor, and though kids will find the special effects hilarious (for the wrong reasons) the overall takeaway is just about jolly and festive enough to warrant a holiday viewing.

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