Bounded In a Nutshell
- Jun 20, 2000
- A Mile High
- Real Name
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Director: J Blakeson
Cast: Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, Eiza González, Dianne Wiest, Chris Messina, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Macon Blair, Alicia Witt, Damian Young, Nicholas Logan, Liz Eng, Celeste Olivia, Georgia Lyman, Moira Driscoll, Gary Tanguay, Lizzie Short, Kevin McCormick, Michael Malvesti, Ava Gaudet
Runtime: 119Plot: A court-appointed legal guardian defrauds her older clients and traps them under her care. But her latest mark comes with some unexpected baggage.
Marla Grayson (Rosamund Pike) is a professional court appointed caregiver, who is actually just playing the system in order to fleece her powerless wards of as much as she can possibly grab. When she finds a relatively well-to-do "cherry" (Dianne Wiest) with no family, she buys the testimony of a doctor she regularly colludes with in order to take power over the woman's life and finances. Of course, not everyone is what they appear to be and an unexpected aspect of her newest target appears in the form of Peter Dinklage.
I might not have given this movie as much of a chance if I'd never heard about the whole "Free Britney" dilemma, because before that I had no idea people could actually go through something like this. Of course, I Care A Lot is basically a dark comedy, so it plays out a little differently. Most of the movie is a rather entertaining cat-and-mouse game where plenty of things aren't quite as they appear. I've come to realize that any character Dinklage plays is guaranteed to be interesting, and Wiest plays the same character she's been playing for 30 years, but that's probably because she's so damn good at it. She does get to branch out a times here. Pike is also a reliable actor and she more or less reprises her role from Gone Girl. She played both characters extremely well and with plenty of charming nastiness.
I did find myself enjoying most of the movie, that is until it just got weird near the end and seemed to tack on a plot development that hadn't been allowed through the prior twists. So, the end is a little messy, but who knows, upon a second viewing I might find more value in it. That wouldn't be the first time.
I think it'll be worth another viewing sometime, if only to see if my feelings about the ending change.