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A searing swipe at late-stage capitalism, I Care A Lot is an exhilarating pitch black comedy with a wicked performance from Rosamund Pike. Read critic reviews

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Rosamund Pike and Peter Dinklage do good work, but they're acting in a dark and ugly story that doesn't give the audience anyone to root for. Read audience reviews

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Poised with sharklike self-assurance, Marla Grayson (Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike) is a professional, court-appointed guardian for dozens of elderly wards whose assets she seizes and cunningly bilks through dubious but legal means. It's a well-oiled racket that Marla and her business-partner and lover Fran (Eiza González) use with brutal efficiency on their latest "cherry," Jennifer Peterson (two-time Academy Award winner Dianne Wiest) -- a wealthy retiree with no living heirs or family. But when their mark turns out to have an equally shady secret of her own and connections to a volatile gangster (Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage), Marla is forced to level up in a game only predators can play -- one that's neither fair, nor square.

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Rosamund Pike
Marla Grayson
Peter Dinklage
Roman Lunyov
Dianne Wiest
Jennifer Peterson
Chris Messina
Dean Ericson
Nicholas Logan
Alexi Ignatyev
J Blakeson
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Andrea Ajemian
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Tara Finegan
Executive Producer
Sacha Guttenstein
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Doug Emmett
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  • Mar 09, 2021
    I Care A Lot is the type of film that knows exactly what it is and what it means to be from the very first frame. Healthcare workers divvy up monotonous rows of medications into small plastic cups intended to keep their targets as much in check as they do healthy. The first piece of dialogue is a woman's voice seemingly calling the viewer out, "Look at you. Sitting there," she says as she goes on to explain how the idea of "playing fair" is a joke invented by the rich to keep everyone else poor. All of this accompanied by the immediate needle drop of Death in Vegas' 1999 track "Dirge" or what is another word for a "sad song", an elegy. Writer/director J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed) pushes all the way down on the syringe releasing every facet of his technique into the bloodstream as quickly as he can. From that first moment the tone is fully engaged and every tool Blakeson has at his disposal is being used to elevate the story being told; the film is firing on all cylinders. The difference between I Care A Lot and most films that begin with such promise though, is that it sustains its nasty yet overwhelmingly engaging tone throughout its nearly two-hour runtime. By the end of that runtime one is bound to be both satisfied as far as viewing experiences go, but also somewhat overwhelmed not simply by the lengths the narrative decides to venture, but the implications of our lead character's, the anti-hero in many respects, course of action. It is this course of action, this central scheme that Rosamund Pike's Marla Grayson has cooked up, that provides much of the propulsion and confidence the film displays throughout as one would require such attributes to pull the type of legal Olympics off that she does here. While the tone is enjoyable - delectable even - and we, the audience are having a blast watching these people do these terrible things there is no escaping the fact that afterward, once the credits have rolled, we're also somewhat appalled at the fact we did enjoy this level of duplicity so much. How real and damaging the effects of what the character of Marla Grayson is doing here are the reasons Blakeson has chosen to employ that all-knowing and judgmental narration, why he uses bold, primary colors in both setting and wardrobe to heighten the world in which his film takes place, and why he utilizes Marc Canham's electronic-heavy score to give Grayson's actions an edge that, while understanding she's an inherently evil person, still makes her seem cool. It's the age old question of why we root for the bad guy, the villain, and often times it's because we can recognize their flaws in our own, but even Marla Grayson would tell you her only flaw is being too ambitious and too driven and that she finds no fault in doing whatever it takes to get to the top. It's not that these qualities aren't relatable or are the reasons we aren't sympathetic to Grayson come the end of the film, but it's how far she's willing to cross the line in order to make her ambitions a reality that separates the human being from the truly despicable. read the whole review at www.reviewsfromabed.com
    Philip P Super Reviewer
  • Feb 21, 2021
    This is a divisive film based on other reviews. I was able to take it for what it was -- outrageous and entertaining. The director J Blakeson has matured a lot as he channels the Coen brothers. After writing the horrible Descent 2 and directing the forgettable The Fifth Wave, he gets most of the pieces working for I Care a Lot. All the acting, from headliners to cameos, were great: * Macon Blair in the beginning -- totally felt like several deleted scenes from Blue Ruin * Rosamund Pike going full evil in her best role since Gone Girl. * Dianne West as a fantastic bad-ass senior. She's an excellent match for Rosamund Pike. * Peter Dinklage as a surprisingly muscular mobster ripped from John Wick. (Wait, maybe Pike's character is related to Wick? Now that would be interesting.) The soundtrack is excellent, from the opening song to the Carpenter-esq synths. But there are a few plot holes that don't make sense ... if Rosamund Pike's character is so suave and clever, it seems to me she'd drop the case once the sleazy lawyer started threatening her; and Peter Dinklage, as the nefarious crime lord, employs completely moronic goons. But these are all nits as this was a very fun watch.
    Mark B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 20, 2021
    Pike does a lot of the heavy lifting in this movie (she just so easily plays these kinds of characters) as does the rest of the cast. Unlike everyone else I appreciate the violent ending, which isn't really all that surprising considering everything that precedes it.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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