The Reactions to Netflix's 'I Care a Lot' Are Both Horrified and Kinda Thirsty

Adrienne Westenfeld
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Photo credit: SEACIA PAVAO
Photo credit: SEACIA PAVAO

From Esquire

It's safe to say that I Care A Lot has been pretty divisive. Critics have largely fallen hard for the slick thriller, ranking it at 81% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, while viewers, some enthralled and some repulsed, can’t seem to get enough of the film. This dark, divisive story without anyone to root for presents an interesting challenge to viewers, who can’t stop talking about the dizzying amorality behind it all.

I Care A Lot centres on Marla Grayson (Rosamund Pike), a seemingly saintly entrepreneur who runs a thriving business as a court-appointed guardian for elderly individuals who can no longer manage their own care. But there’s a catch: Marla is systematically defrauding her vulnerable clients, conspiring alongside doctors and nursing home administrators to identify susceptible targets, seize legal control of their lives, then auction off their assets to pay herself for her services. The film depicts a very real scam rocking eldercare across the country, where an estimated one to three million American seniors live under guardianship, which may or may not serve their best interests.

The film is touching a nerve with Netflix viewers, who are simultaneously scandalised by Marla’s sociopathy, enamoured of her razor-sharp blonde bob, stanning her relationship with her girlfriend, and mystified by that shocking twist ending. We took Twitter’s temperature about the film, which resulted in a very fun mixed bag.

Fans are fired up.

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But not everyone is loving it.

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Viewers fell hard for the lesbian love story at the heart of the film.

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Some viewers feel that Marla’s vape is the secret MVP of the film.

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Or maybe it’s her haircut?

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Fans couldn’t help but make comparisons to other movies and television shows.

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Marla preserving her lost tooth in a jug of milk is sending fans.

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About that twist ending...

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