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July 16th, 2012 1:03pm EDT

THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES

Queen of Versailles Poster

“The Queen of Versailles” is a documentary about a billionaire couple as they construct a mansion inspired by the French palace of Versailles. During the next two years, their dreams begin to crumble due to the economic crisis in the United States.

Director: Lauren Greenfield (“Thin”)

ORIGINALITY RATING: High. The trailer paints Jackie and David Siegel as two very spoiled people. They have a private jet, they ride around in limousines to McDonalds, and they decide to build a palatial manor to rival Versailles. David seems to already come from money and Jackie appears to be a typical selfish trophy wife who treats money like water. While this trailer sets you up for the interesting consequences of their financial downturn, it does nothing to get you invested in them as people. As a result it’s hard to care about their struggle. What makes it especially tough to get into this documentary, is the various interview clips that you watch, which portray the couple as incredibly shallow. The only reason I would want to see “The Queen of Versailles” would be to watch Jackie and David eat some humble pie during their financial troubles.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT:  Businesspeople who are fascinated by the effects of the economic downturn in the U.S. on families from all walks of life. If you’re an Average Joe who gets a good chuckle out of watching wealthy people learning to cope with a tighter budget, then you should check out “The Queen of Versailles”  

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