*Warning: Minor spoilers ahead*
If you loved Gone Girl, then feast your eyes on Rosamund Pike’s latest psychological thriller: I Care a Lot. The movie just hit Netflix this week, and it’s already getting critical acclaim for its gripping storyline that kept me guessing until the very end.
1. What is ‘I Care a Lot’ about?
Where do I even begin? I Care a Lot introduces viewers to Marla Grayson (Pike), who works as a court-appointed guardian for dozens of elderly wards. The problem? Marla is conning the system by targeting wealthy retirees with no living heirs (AKA “cherries”) and then seizing all their assets.
When an assisted living facility alerts her to an opening, Marla immediately jumps at the opportunity to nominate Jennifer Peterson (Dianne Wiest). Based on her research, Jennifer lives alone and has no living family members, making her an ideal candidate.
Right when you think the movie is going to do a deep dive into the corruption within the caregiver industry, things take an interesting turn. It all starts when a taxi driver shows up at Jennifer’s house shortly after she’s taken to the elderly facility.
As it turns out, Jennifer isn’t who she says she is. She’s been assuming the identity of a young girl who died of polio several decades ago, which means that all her personal information—including her lack of family—is false.
I won’t give away too many spoilers, but when Peter Dinklage shows up on the scene in an unforgettable role, he will stop at nothing to free Jennifer and repossess her assets—even if it means teaming up with an unlikely partner in crime.
2. Is it worth the watch?
Without a doubt, yes. At first, I wasn’t sure where the movie was heading, since it seemed to highlight one bad apple (Marla) in a highly commendable profession (caregiving). However, I didn’t enjoy the movie because I thought it was an accurate portrayal of guardianship. Instead, I was intrigued because the plot kept me guessing every step of the way.
As someone who’s seen a lot—I repeat, a lot—of movies, it’s rare that I don’t predict the ending or, at the very least, one aspect of the storyline. The same can’t be said for I Care a Lot, since the conclusion left me shook. Not only did the film keep me on the edge of my seat the entire time, but it also left me wanting more.
It’s important to note that I Care a Lot isn’t appropriate for viewers of all ages. There’s some foul language (in addition to nudity) that isn’t suitable for youngsters, so be sure to put on Cocomelon in the other room if the kiddos are within earshot.
Oh, and Pike is nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical). Need I say more?
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