I Care a Lot Film
Care a Lot, a 2020 American black comedic thriller film. Isiah Whitlock Jr. and Dianne Wiest co-star alongside Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, Eiza González, Chris Messina, Macon Blair, Alicia Witt, and Damian Young in the film. The story follows a deceitful woman who makes a career as a court-appointed guardian, collecting the assets of elderly people who are vulnerable, only to become involved with a violent mob.
The film had its international premiere on September 12, 2020, at the Toronto International Film Festival, and was made available for streaming on February 19, 2021, via Netflix or Amazon Prime Video, depending on the location. Pike won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for her performance in the film, which got excellent reviews from critics.
I Care a Lot Film Release Date
On September 12, 2020, the film made its global premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Netflix bought the film’s distribution rights in a number of countries, including the United States, France, Germany, Latin America, South Africa, the Middle East, and India, shortly after. Through Black Bear’s worldwide distributor STX, Amazon Studios bought the rights to release it on Amazon Prime Video in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
On February 19, 2021, it was launched on both platforms. The film was the most-watched on Netflix during its debut weekend, then second in its second weekend. Netflix said on April 20, 2021, that 56 million households have seen the video.
I Care a Lot Film Storyline
Plot Summary & Review
Marla Grayson is a scam artist who earns a fortune by persuading the legal system to award her guardianship of elderly people she claims are incapable of caring for themselves. She places them in an assisted living facility, where they are sedated and cut off from the rest of the world. She then sells their houses and assets and keeps the money. After attempting to force his way into the assisted care facility, she and the court denied Mr. Feldstrom access to his mother. Outside the courts, he threatens her, saying he hopes she is murdered.
Dr. Karen Amos informs Marla about Jennifer Peterson, a wealthy retiree with no apparent partner or close family who they can exploit. After she and Dr. Amos fraudulently testify that Jennifer suffers from dementia and confusion, a judge names Marla as Jennifer’s guardian. Marla relocates Jennifer to assisted living and promptly sets about selling her belongings, including her car and home. Marla discovers the key to a safe deposit box holding a watch, gold bars, banknotes, and hidden jewels while going through Jennifer’s belongings, which she removes and stashes away.
While Fran, Marla’s girlfriend, and business partner, work on the renovations, a man named Alexi Ignatyev appears in a cab, claiming to be there to pick up Jennifer. Jennifer has moved, according to Fran. Alexi returns to his boss, Roman Lunyov, who is distraught. Jennifer’s son, Roman, is revealed to be a crime lord. He threatens Alexi and instructs him to look into Jennifer’s disappearance. Dean Ericson, a Mafia lawyer, offers Marla $150,000 in payment to release Jennifer, but she refuses, saying she will only do it for $5 million. Marla is threatened, and he brings her to court. Because he cannot prove Jennifer hired him, the court dismisses the lawsuit.
Fran discovers that the name “Jennifer Peterson” was stolen from a young girl who died of polio. When Jennifer refuses to reveal her true identity to Marla, she works up with property manager Sam Rice to deprive Jennifer of many of her basic requirements. When Roman discovers his mother’s secret deposit box has been raided, he dispatches three goons to Jennifer’s facility to kidnap her. Marla assists authorities in apprehending one of the men, Alexi when this violent attempt fails. Alexi is the brother of two other mafia bosses who allegedly died in a fire, according to Fran’s police contact. After failing to save his mother, Roman assassinates Amos in her office.
Marla is abducted, and Fran is assaulted at their house. Marla is taken before Roman and demands $10 million in exchange for Jennifer’s release. When he refuses, his associates use chloroform to knock her out and drive her into a lake. She manages to flee and goes home to find Fran beaten unconscious and the house filled with gas. They narrowly avoid an explosion and retreat to another unsold house, where Marla shows Fran the gems she’s concealed. She gives Fran the option of either using the diamonds to start a new life abroad or getting revenge.
Roman is kidnapped by Marla and Fran when they hunt him down. They drug Roman, set fire to his car, and leave him naked on a forest trail to die. Roman, on the other hand, is spotted by a jogger, who summons an ambulance, which successfully resuscitates him. Because he cannot be identified, a judge declares him a “John Doe” and names Marla as his legal guardian. Marla pays a visit to Roman and promises to free him and Jennifer from her guardianship in exchange for ten million dollars. Instead, Roman proposes a global business alliance based on her deception. She accepts and, with his money and contacts, swiftly rises to the position of powerful and affluent CEO. Marla marries Fran, while Roman reunites with Jennifer.
Marla is shot by Feldstrom as she leaves a TV appearance celebrating her achievement, and Feldstrom cries as he says that his mother died alone in an assisted living home because no one would let him see her. Fran begs out for help as Feldstrom is apprehended, and Marla dies in her arms.
I Care a Lot Film Cast
- Rosamund Pike as Marla Grayson
- Peter Dinklage as Roman Lunyov
- Eiza González as Fran
- Dianne Wiest as Jennifer Peterson
- Chris Messina as Dean Ericson
- Isiah Whitlock Jr. as Judge Lomax
- Macon Blair as Feldstrom
- Alicia Witt as Dr. Karen Amos
- Damian Young as Sam Rice
- Nicholas Logan as Alexi Ignatyev
I Care a Lot Film Wiki
- Directed by J Blakeson
- Written by J Blakeson
- Produced by
- Cinematography Doug Emmett
- Edited by Mark Eckersley
- Music by Marc Canham
- Production companies
Black Bear Pictures
- Distributed by Netflix
- Release date
September 12, 2020 (TIFF)
February 19, 2021 (United States)
- Running time 118 minutes
- Country United States
- Language English
- Box office $1.3 million