I Care a Lot is not just what I think when you show me pictures of your newborn, but also the cheeky title of Netflix’s upcoming dark comedy slash crime thriller written and directed by J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed).
Marla Grayson (Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl) and her partner, Fran (Eiza González – Baby Driver), have a good thing going. They’re in the business of becoming the court-appointed legal guardians of wealthy elderly people with no relatives who’re deemed no longer competent to handle their own affairs – and then siphoning off as much of their fortunes as they can through perfectly legal, albeit dubious, means.
But their predatory scam hits a roadblock when their latest mark (Dianne Wiest – Bullets Over Broadway) turns out to have a shady past, and a powerful gangster (Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones) with whom she has a close relationship is none too pleased at the pair’s attempt to bilk her out of her nest egg.
The official plot synopsis is as follows:
Poised with shark-like self-assurance, Marla Grayson (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 (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 (Peter Dinklage), Marla is forced to level up in a game only predators can play — one that’s neither fair, nor square.
Let’s take a look:
I love everything about this. It looks stylish and well directed, there’s an excellent cast delivering good performances, and the plot is deliciously dark and twisted.
What do you think?
I Care a Lot will premiere on Netflix on 19 February. It also stars Isiah Whitlock Jr., Chris Messina, Macon Blair, Alicia Witt, Lance Norris, and Damian Young.
Last Updated: January 15, 2021