I Care a Lot
I CARE A LOT
Do not worry seniors, this could never happen to you … although … with a weak Judge, unethical Doctor, compliant nursing home, and a sociopath, you may be in trouble at this very moment.
The dark comedy I Care a Lot (a very dark comedy if you are a senior) is done in a manner that makes a living hell almost plausible.
Rosamund Pike (Radioactive, A Private War, Hostiles) as Marla Grayson is a persuasive and heartless court-appointed Guardian. With the help of a physician Dr. Amos (Alicia Witt) she preys on the elderly to get control of their estate. Marla and her girlfriend Fran (Eiza González) control the lives of over seventy seniors at the start of the film. The two women sell the seniors assets, control their living situation, and make a fine living.
Marla becomes the Guardian of Jennifer Peterson (Dianne Wiest), a well-off single woman, and immediately puts her in a nursing home, the perfect client, no family. Unfortunately for Marla, Jennifer has a secret sociopathic son Roman (Peter Dinklage) controlling a larger and more offensive crime institution than Marla’s. The fighting begins as the two, Marla and Roman go head-to-head.
In this well-paced story – with more intrigue and suspense than dark comedy – Rosamund Pike is the central figure. She describes herself as a lioness, but her vaping with smoke billowing out of her nostrils, is more like a dragon. Her look and her smile will disarm anyone. She is the reason this movie is pleasant to watch. Yes, watching seniors get grifted is pleasant, see, Marla grifted me with that smile, making me believe something bad is fun to watch.
Peter Dinklage as Roman is portrayed as a muscular leader of a crime syndicate. His main acting is trying to remain calm while he continues to lose to Marla. Roman’s backstory is one of the reasons everyone fears him – except the dragon Marla.
Dianne Wiest, the grifted one, is not in the film enough. She is excellent as a drugged nursing home resident threatening Marla and trying to escape. She has a couple of good scenes, but she could have carried much more weight.
Others in I Care a Lot include Isiah Whitlock Jr. as the Judge, the legal facilitator of this torture, not aware of the harm he is doing. Also, Chris Messina is the ineffective Attorney that has about two scenes.
The ending will either satisfy or offend – I retract that – it is a feel-good ending.
Rosamund Pike carries the dark comedy I Care a Lot. The film is an almost plausible story of grifting seniors.