I Care a Lot movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This dark comedy is definitely packed with a lot more irritating twists than touches of humour. I Care a Lot is an engaging black comedy with a fascinating story, but isn’t for children.


A wicked legal guardian who drains the savings of her elderly wards lands in hot water when she tries to bilk an elderly woman who has ties to an epic gangster.

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Movie details

Director: J Blakeson
Cast: Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, Eiza González, Dianne Wiest, Chris Messina, Macon Blair, Isiah Whitlock Jr.
Writer: J Blakeson
Release Date (Australia): 19 February 2021
Runtime: 118 minutes/1h 58m
Genre: Thriller, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (M)

The film contains themes of fraud, in addition to thematic elements such as threat and torture.

Violence (MA15+)

Violent content includes people being shot, often accompanied by brief sprays of blood.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

The film contains a use of “c**t”, in addition to occasionally aggressive use of the words “f**k”, “bitch”, “**shole” and “s**t”.

Nudity (PG)

The film includes a scene featuring male buttocks nudity. 

Sex (PG)

There are scenes in which two women implicitly have a sexual encounter throughout the film.

mpaa rating

R (for language throughout and some violence)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Rosamund Pike’s Marla is a purely evil character, who infuriates you and sets you hoping that justice will eventually be served… eventually. In the beginning, writer and director J Blakeson develops an enthralling idea, with both interesting characters and “what if…” ideas, but he lets the story go in all sorts of wrong directions.

Is it funny? It’s difficult to describe this dark comedy as funny, especially when the main concerns are irritatingly uneven and you have lots of hate placed towards the leading character. Viewers who’ve seen 2014’s Gone Girl will be familiar with Pike’s narcissistic type of character who, by the time we enter her story, is able to get away with all her evil doings. Overall, there’s no real character to connect with and have hope for. From the judge to the target, Jennifer Peterson, all you’ll really feel is annoyed.

Enough discussion about having characters to sympathise with; what about the entertainment value and pace of the movie? 118 minutes: about 90 minutes is spent with a gripping story that should’ve ended by that mark, but the next half hour attaches to a totally aimless addition to the plot.

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