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The Queen of Versailles 2012

  • Lauren Greenfield
  • July 6, 2012
  • 100 mins
  • English
  • Documentary
With the epic dimensions of a Shakespearean tragedy, The Queen of Versailles follows billionaires Jackie and David’s rags-to-riches story to uncover the innate virtues and flaws of their American dream. We open on the triumphant construction of the biggest house in America, a sprawling, 90,000-square-foot mansion inspired by Versailles. Since a booming time-share business built on the real-estate bubble is financing it, the economic crisis brings progress to a halt and seals the fate of its owners. We witness the impact of this turn of fortune over the next two years in a riveting film fraught with delusion, denial, and self-effacing humor.


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Was a bit repetitive. Could have been shorter and still have gotten the message.

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Really great film. Like how other critics have said, it's a healthy mix of compassion and schadenfreude. My opinions of members of the family definitely changed from the beginning to the end of the film. Definitely worth a view.

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I expected this to be terrible. Sort of like "feel sorry for the super rich." While there is a certain amount of that, I mean how sorry can you feel for someone who thinks they've outgrown a 26,000 sq ft home? Jackie did turn out to be more than I expected. She's not your typical dumb trophy wife (she has a computer engineering major) though living with 'nothing to do' has left her a bit naive.

David, however, is absolutely everything I expected and more which means he's a pretty horrible person in every sense of the word from kicking out his first wife's kids when his second wife moved in to to his home to selling time shares to people who couldn't afford them (and knowing it). He's the kind of guy I'd never really want to know... ever. I had a hard time feeling sorry for him. His kids? Yeah. Him? Never.

This family also proves that money can't buy class.

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