Most comedy is born in the dark and transformed to light. I CARE A LOT is born of the dark and shaped into a black light that is focused on greenbacks. The smiles and laughter in this film are courtesy of karma. Karma is the unseen star that we can count on in our own lives and especially in this brilliant dark comedy Written, Directed, and Produced by J. Blakeson.
Rosamund Pikes stars as Marla Grayson, a court-appointed caretaker for senior citizen's who have no family to care for them. A legal process through the courts makes Grayson the elderly person's legal guardian with Power of Attorney over their physical body and their assets.
Assets are key to Grayson. She researches each case before taking it on and if there is a nest egg to rest on, she's in! Though in her line of work she is always in search of a "cherry" client; this would be a client with large assets and no family to bequeath to. In such a case, Grayson legally overcharges her services to her client in an effort to collect as much money as she can before her client expires in a retirement home of her choice.
This is the template to Grayson's income and she intends to build upon it when she meets Jennifer Peterson, portrayed by Dianne Weist, a rich senior citizen who lives in a lovely estate alone and is listed to have no children or relatives. How does Grayson know? She fields geriatric doctors for her next clients, by offering them otherwise unattainable gifts, like private stocks, financial gain, etc.
Once Jennifer Peterson's PCP submits her name to the courts, Grayson is appointed her caretaker and that pisses off her son, Russian Mob Boss, Roman Lunyov portrayed by Peter Dinklage. As we learn more about her son and questions begin to form as to how the courts didn't know that Ms. Peterson has a son, we learn that her name is an assumed one.
Grayson appears to be in a pickle, though her response equates to an entire jar of aqueous solution in this twisted game of chess.
There are assassins and drivers that are dealt-with and run-over as well as LGBTQ lovers who are beaten within inches of their demise only to rise again, like a phoenix. That is until a broken-hearted son enters stage left and ends the knight's tour.
I Care A Lot has a lot of working parts that make this tale equivalent to an enjoyable rollercoaster. It's fast, it's fun, a little scary, and delivers the audience surprise and satisfaction by the end.
What do your retirement plans look like? I suggest you see this film.