Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Patricia Belcher, Kim Estes, Rachel Redleaf, Debra Winger, Richard Jenkins
Director: Miranda July
Release date: 4th December 2020
A young twenty-something woman named Old Dolio (Evan Rachel Wood) and her parents, Robert and Theresa are drifters.. scamming and concocting various schemes and ploys to get money. Living in a rented office, they spend their days working on new plans. The parents see nothing wrong with the way they live and also the way they use their daughter to help them. They have trained her to sneak into the post office to steal other peoples’ mail and then claim anything that is of value. One day, Old Dolio manages to cook up a scam which initially involves the family flying to New York. While in NYC they happen upon a young woman named Melanie, who tries to convince them that she should join their enterprise and help them out. She tries to endear herself to the couple and they take her into their confidence. Meanwhile Old Dolio, socially awkward as she is, is slowly coming to the conclusion that there must be more to life than this…
Possibly one of the strangest movies that I’ve seen in a long while, ‘Kajillionaire’ is basically the story of a dysfunctional family/trio, using whatever means necessary to scrape through their daily existence. Even though the calibre of actors in the main roles; Debra Winger (Shadow Lands, Terms of Endearment), Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water, Step Brothers) and Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld, Thirteen) is very high, it does feel a little bit rambly in places and you find yourself constantly wondering where the story is going to go. Evan Rachel Wood in particular is pretty much unrecognisable from the many roles we’ve seen her in in the recent past, which does stand to her talent as an actress.
I’m not entirely sure what kind of audience would enjoy watching ‘Kajillionaire’, though I’d say that it is possibly an indie movie lover’s dream. A much needed piece of escapism in these troubled times, give ‘Kajillionaire’ a watch and make up your own mind.