I Care a Lot

I Care a Lot ★★★½

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When Carol Meets American Psycho
When Gone Girl Meets Away From Her
When Rosamund Pike Meets Peter Dinklage

Written and directed by J Blakeson, I Care a Lot is a droll thriller that follows a court-appointed legal conservator, Marla Grayson (Rosamund Pike), who defrauds her elederly clients and controls them at senior homes, while manipulating their assets with her partner Fran (Eiza González). During their most recent target of a veritable golden goose in the form of Jennifer Peterson (Dianne Wiest), the duo runs afoul of a Russian gangster (Peter Dinklage), who will take any actions to get his revenge.

Parens patriae enables the government to protect those of its citizens deemed too vulnerable to care for themselves. Despite its altruistic intent, this principle has been exploited to forcibly place senior citizens under the care and control of court-appointed guardians. With this sardonic premise, I Care A Lot explores the duplicitous means by which these guardians can overmedicate, gaslight, swindle, and even kidnap their elderly wards, all within the bounds of the law.

I Care a Lot is wild, violent and unrealistic, but it is also entertaining, hilarious, and thrilling. It ultimately reveals the greedy and unethical people and corporations that benefit from their exploitation of vulnerable seniors. In this, Rosamund Pike really impresses the audience again with her elegance and colourful outfits, while playing a brave and indifferent profiteer. It’s a social critique of the capitalist system’s eager participants ruthlessly taking advantage of others, in turn propelling the engine to continually accumulate wealth at any cost.

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