I Care a Lot: Black Comedy Thriller, Starring Golden Globe Winner Rosamund Pike

J. Blakeson wrote and directed I Care a Lot, a dark comedy thriller that’s clever and nasty, starring Rosamund Pike as a morally bankrupt legal guardian.

The secondary cast includes Peter Dinklage, Eiza González, Chris Messina, and Diane Wiest.

I Care a Lot
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Official release poster

The film had its world premiere at the  2020 Toronto Film Fest, and was released via streaming on February 19, 2021 by Netflix.

The Premise:

Pike plays Marla Grayson, a Massachusetts-based con artist who makes a living by convincing the legal system to grant her guardianship over elders; she claims they cannot care for themselves. She then places the elders in an assisted living facility where they are given high doses of Abilify, a medication used to treat schizophrenia.

Marla cuts off all wards’ contact to the outside world, selling their homes and assets for her profit. One of her wards is the mother of a man named Mr. Feldstrom, who is denied access to his mother by Marla and the court.

Eiza Gonzalez, Dianne Wiest and Rosamund Pike in I Care A Lot, a bracingly heartless movie.
Eiza Gonzalez, Dianne Wiest and Rosamund Pike in I Care A Lot, a bracingly heartless movie. AccuSoft Inc., All rights reserved/Toronto film festival

Rosamund Pike Thanks “America’s Broken Legal System”

Rosamund Pike earned the award for best performance by an actress in a comedy for her role in I Care a Lot. She beat out Maria Bakalova, Kate Hudson, Michelle Pfeiffer and Anya Taylor-Joy. Pike thanked the HFPA and Netflix but made it a purpose to especially acknowledge Bakalova.”In my movie I had to swim up from a sinking car, I think I’d still rather do that than being in a room with Rudy Giuliani,” Pike said in her acceptance speech. “Maria, I salute your brilliance and your bravery.”

She also thanked “America’s broken legal system for making it possible to make stories like this.” The movie follows a professional legal guardian who defrauds her elderly clients by using the loopholes in America’s conservatorship system.

Simmering and sardonic, Blakeson’s third feature succeeds in being a raucously funny comedy and a tightly paced scary thriller.

Not only is Pike a wholly dynamic protagonist as the smarmy Marla Grayson, a professional legal guardian (and queer who rocks a suit) with a penchant for taking advantage of her aging patients in order to financially enrich herself, but her costars Dianne Wiest, Peter Dinklage, Chris Messina, and Eiza González manage to keep up with her and keep you invested in the story being told.

Dianne Wiest plays with audience expectations by constructing a complicated and captivating enigmatic character.

 

Blakeson’s intentionally disturbing narrative and Marla’s casual gayness evoke artful movies, such as The Ground Beneath My Feet, Tove, and Bacurau.

Mark Eckersley’s tight editing, Marc Canham’s score, and Doug Emmett’s sharp cinematography make contribute to the overall impact of this quirky and original crime film.