I Care a Lot covers everyone with the rotten stench of greed

Rosamund Pike in I Care a Lot

I Care a Lot is a morality tale on the evils of capitalism. There are no ‘good guys’ in this film on Netflix. Everyone is equally disgusting and evil. The word care in the title refers to guardianship of care, which is a legal way to steal every penny from folks in care homes.

Eiza González in I Care a Lot
Fran was the only thing Marla actually cared about

I Care a Lot has a great cast, which helps make it watchable. Rosamund Pike stars as Marla. She and her girlfriend/partner Fran (Eiza González) run a guardianship business. They are sexy and badass.

They use Dr. Amos (Alicia Witt) to declare old people incompetent to care for themselves.

They use an unsuspecting Judge (Isiah Whitlock Jr.) to order people into care homes with Marla as guardian. Marla and her company sell everything those people owned and keep the money for themselves. (Isiah Whitlock Jr. was the only Black person in the cast and made to look like an idiot – one of the many failings in this film.)

Dianne Wiest and Rosamund Pike in I Care a Lot
You’re in trouble now, Marla.

Marla gets guardianship over a rich old lady, perfect for looting. Jennifer (Dianne Wiest) turns out to be rich because she’s connected to the Russian mob and mob boss Roman (Peter Dinklage). Roman wants her out of care and back where she belongs. Jennifer is the only thing Roman actually cares about. The lawyer Dean (Chris Messina) tries springing her legally. That’s a no go. More drastic measures are called for.

Peter Dinklage and Rosamund Pike in I Care a Lot
Equally matched in every way.

A battle of wits between Marla and Roman forms most the the action as these two try to defeat, outsmart, kill, and steal from each other. I did appreciate the feminist aspect of their battles, because Marla often came out on top. But that didn’t make me like or admire her. Neither of them cared who they hurt as long as they got rich.

We’re only a month into the new administration in the US, and are trying hard to forget the greedy crooks who ran the country for the last 4 years. But you can’t help equating the morality of characters like these with the morality of so many in power who are willing to exploit anyone for profit. Right now, the guardianship question is top of mind for a lot of people who are following the Britney Spears story. It is an important question to ask: how many old people disappear into care homes while all their assets move into the pockets of shady administrators?

The film serves as a graphic reminder of the lessons of unbridled capitalism and the evil it can cause. Lest we forget, being rich isn’t the same thing as being a good human being.

poster for the film

Take a look at the trailer.

Have you watched this one? What did you think of it? Did you love the ending or did you hate it? Was it just another trope?

6 thoughts on “I Care a Lot covers everyone with the rotten stench of greed”

  1. I wasn’t altogether sure that the judge was “unsuspecting.” I got the impression that he, along with the doctor, was part of Marla’s criminal cabal. And yes, they were all despicable.

  2. I actually liked this one even though I hated all the characters. I like Peter Dinklage so I was hoping he’d be a good guy–nope. And you’re right–both women are hot.

    Since I’m old and since I have a couple of old-people neighbors who have no family, I found the premise unsettling but not enough to stop watching. I admit I was glad of the ending. At least SOMEONE got her just desserts.

  3. Anne L Dimopoulos

    I thought this was a slickly produced, timely film about a number of things other than simple greed: the vulnerability of the aged, especially those with little or no family; a system that has no legal boundaries about guardianship (I looked it up — it’s shocking); the surprise zinger that Jennifer is actually a mob mom instead of the feisty little old lady being ripped off and abused. We want her to win, of course, but the big reveal takes some of the urgency away from that. The bad guys were so bloodless they were almost robotic. All in all, I enjoyed it in a fingernails on a blackboard way, and I’m glad to know now that attention needs to be paid to guardianships for the elderly.

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