I Care a Lot

Movie review by
Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media
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Violent thriller has bad language, reprehensible characters.
  • R
  • 2021
  • 118 minutes

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Few if any positive messages, with selfish, reprehensible people locking horns. Vulnerable older adults are exploited. Character's sole motivation is money. Ambition is celebrated, though, with characters never giving up in their pursuit for power.

Positive Role Models

Maria is ambitious and dedicated, unable to accept defeat, striving to make a success of herself as a woman in a male-dominated environment. But she's also a thief, very manipulative, preys on the vulnerable. She plays with people's lives like it's a game, and lies in court. Roman is a violent gangster who at one point is seen wading through pictures of trafficked girls.


Frequent violence. A character is kidnapped, punched on the ground. Another is tied up, tortured. Innocent law enforcers are shot, other characters are murdered -- one is shot at close range, blood seeping from the wound. Characters are tasered, vehicles set on fire. People threaten others with guns. One character spits in another's face. Characters are violently threatened. A characters says that he wants another to be raped and murdered.


A couple kiss before heading upstairs where it's implied they will have sex. A character removes their top and is wearing just underwear. Two characters kiss in the shower; no nudity shown.


Many uses of "f--k." One use "c--t." Also "bitch." Aggressive language used, including threats of sexual violence.


Lead character is motivated purely by money, will step over anybody to get her financial reward.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A character smokes an e-cigarette throughout. Two characters are shown drinking alcohol at work during the day, and later drinking champagne to celebrate good news.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that I Care a Lot is a dark comedy thriller with strong language, constant violence, and the exploitation of the vulnerable. All of the movie's array of characters are reprehensible, to a point where it's extremely difficult to root for anybody. Maria Grayson (Rosamund Pike), together with her love interest and partner in crime, Fran (Eiza Gonzalez), scam older adults out of their money. Maria does show ambition and a determination to reach the very top. But she is also obsessed with being rich, which leads to her exploiting innocent people. She lies in the courtroom too, and has a web of people involved in her corruption. Her adversary, a mobster called Roman Lunyov (Peter Dinklage), is involved in sex trafficking. The violence is moderate but frequent, with women attacked at the hands of men, even tortured and murdered. A gunshot wound is shown with blood seeping out. A character also spits in another's face, and claims that he wants her to be "raped" and "murdered." The language is strong and constant, with many uses of the word "f--k" and a single use of the word "c--t." There is also derogatory language aimed at women, who are called "bitch" on occasion. There is no nudity, though sex is alluded too. A character continually smokes an e-cigarette, and there are a couple of instances of alcohol being drunk in the daytime.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySkibloo April 9, 2021

Interesting,mindless movie for a late night show

Not for the young,alot of violence especially for women.A little far fetched but it did show you the possibilities of the type of care the elderly get in homes,... Continue reading
Parent of a 3, 6, and 9-year-old Written byUncleChris November 15, 2021

ethically bankrupt, misogynistic garbage

no one of any age should watch this.
(kids didn't, wish I didn't)
I guess there's a critique on capitalism in there somewhere but it's glamo... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old June 3, 2021

Great for 12+

Great for 12+. Many reviews say 16+ but it's not bad whatsoever. I few intense intimate scenes but nothing a child cannot handle. A brief mention of traffi... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byLoranikas303 March 2, 2021

What's the story?

I CARE A LOT tells the story of crooked legal guardian Maria Grayson (Rosamund Pike), who preys on older adults, seizing the assets of vulnerable, innocent people. That is, until she tries her scam on Jennifer Peterson (Dianne Wiest) and more than meets her match, no less when gangster Roman Lunyov (Peter Dinklage) gets involved.

Is it any good?

After beginning with such promise, it's disappointing that this movie's payoff is so underwhelming. I Care a Lot starts with a great cinematic narrative: Pike's con-woman character finally meets her match in Wiest's Jennifer Peterson. But the film grows increasingly more convoluted as it progresses. Writer and director J Blakeson must be commended for some great ideas and character creations, and a slew of surprises along the way. But the film needs a tighter editing job, losing sight of its core narrative and perhaps trying to fit in too much into its run time, neglecting any sense of simplicity.

The performances are very strong, though, not just from leading stars Pike, Dinklage, and Wiest. There's also a fantastic cameo from Chris Messina, on the top of his game. But the film suffers from our not having anyone to truly root for. While it's refreshing and brilliant to see well-crafted, fully rounded female roles, that aren't afraid to be unlikable, the characters are so reprehensible that there's just no one to invest any emotion into.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in I Care a Lot. Did it seem over-the-top? Did the violent scenes help tell the story in an effective way? Was it shocking, or thrilling? Why? Does exposure to violent media desensitize kids to violence?

  • Discuss the strong language used in the movie. Did it seem necessary, or excessive? What did it contribute to the movie?

  • Do you think we were supposed to be rooting for Maria, a character who is, at her core, horrible? Did you enjoy this internal conflict? Did you find it refreshing to see a female lead character like this? Can you think of any other similar characters from any movies you might have seen?

  • What is Maria's motivation? Discuss the idea of being motivated solely by money.

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