The Queen of Versailles

This is quite an entertaining and sad doco about rich people. Entertaining as the rich people are funny (in a sad way) and sad because not-so rich people lose their jobs and homes as the rich people got stung by the subprime mortgage crisis of 2007-2009.

It focuses on Jackie Siegel and her rich husband David (whose timeshare company is the biggest privately owned one in the world), Jackie is some 30 years younger than David and has gotten use to the rich lifestyle. The ‘style’ part of that being gaudy and incredible tacky, bizarre portraits line the halls, she has stuffed her old dead dogs and placed them around the house, and would spend $1M a year on clothes. And had seven kids as she has nannies so easy to look after.

It all goes Gucci up once they have no money and have to start selling assets. So cue scenes of Jackie going to McDonalds in her limo, shopping in WalMart, hiring a car from Avis after flying commercial (not in their private jet) and asking who their driver will be.

Jackie is actually quite intelligent, she was going to become an engineer at IBM back in the day but quit when her boss said he made a program which counted down the years, months, days, hours and minutes to his retirement. So he could then ‘start living’ once it had counted all the way down. She quit a week later and became Miss Florida.

Quite bizarre stuff, at one point David takes the blame for the Iraq war as he personally got George Bush elected into office. He does not elaborate how or why.

The Versailles part of the title pertains to their new house they are building, which is America’s largest private home.

Date watched: 21st January 2016
Score: 8/10
Movie count: 5

One thought on “The Queen of Versailles

  1. jason January 27, 2016 / 1:13 am

    Yipes! I’ll have to find that.


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