108) The Queen of Versailles (2012)
A documentary that follows a billionaire couple as they begin construction on a mansion inspired by Versailles. During the next two years, their empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis.
6/10 – It was alright. What was interesting wasn’t the personal story about how they met which felt more like a Desperate Housewives of *insert state* episode, but how David Segel made his money and how the family went into complete meltdown once it was gone.
I hate the thought of a timeshare; based on what I saw in this, combined with King of the Hill and that South Park ‘Ass-pen’ episode, the billions Segel made by swindling innocent people in his timeshare business only made his eventual financial collapse all the more entertaining. Combine this with the fact that they have 8 kids, they had to lose all their staff (which included 10-15 nannys), which resulted in a complete lack of order, dogs shitting all over the house, mess everywhere and culminates in their pathetic attempts at trying to “scrape” together millions to finish off this monstrosity, I didn’t feel sorry for them at all.
I felt sorry for the people who got swindled and the staff who got fired. I’m not entirely sure what the point of this documentary was, but I’m assuming it certainly wasn’t that. They even tried to get defamation damages out of the filmmakers after the documentary was aired – maybe they realised how ridiculous they all looked.