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Ever wonder what it would be like to have so much money that you couldn't spend it all? Granted, we've got plenty of movies with rich people (See: Batman, Iron Man, Ritchie Rich, etc.) but in how many movies did the rich individual himself actually NEED to spend the money?
Brewster's Millions is about a man, played by the famous Richord Prior, who just learned that he's about to inherent $300 million from his uncle. The problem is, the uncle doesn't trust that "Brewster" (the nephew) will be able to handle the money. He thinks that it'll ruin him, and make him a worse person overall. He explains via a videotaped Will in the film, that just as some parents find their children smoking and force them to smoke an entire pack of cigarettes, so too will he force Brewster to spend more money than he wants to. By the way, the kids-cigarettes thing is probably a really bad idea.
This movie is a lot of fun because, even though it's slightly dated, you can really feel a little cathartic in seeing Brewster become miserable in having to spend $30 million in 30 days.
Richard Prior is paired with John Candy in this film, and the two make a fantastic buddy duo that I really would have liked to have seen more of. It's a shame that these two passed away so early, as they were masters of their craft.
I grew up watching this movie whenever it was on TV, and if you haven't seen it yet, I'd say add it to your queue and give it a shot. It's a fun, lighthearted film that you'll likely think about a lot when you think of acquiring large sums of money in the future...