This generated a big hype not too long ago - there's something about a rags-to-riches story that draws people in, hmm? Like the protagonist's dogged persistence and chutzpah to go after his lost love. For many times. Despite everything. And at the very end, there was, of course, some luck involved in the form of a sort of counter-dues ex machina... he miraculously gets the last question right and wins the money and the girl.
Maybe this is the same psychology that has made people buy into Reaganomics earlier.
Nonetheless, one is always free to hope and imagine.