Old Dolio (Evan Rachel Wood) lives with her parents Theresa (Debra Winger) and Robert (Richard Jenkins). The family of three are con artists who are willing to do anything and everything to scam and steal at every single opportunity. You see, Theresa and Robert spent the last twenty-six years training their only daughter to be the ultimate scam artist. While the family conducts a scam involving lost luggage and travel insurance, they soon meet a young girl on a plane (Gina Rodrigues). It is not long until this stranger wants to join them and finds the family’s way of scamming quite fascinating. But little do they know that this new stranger will shake things up and perhaps change this entire family forever.
Performances are hugely pleasing here, especially from the actress Evan Rachel Wood who is unrecognisable in the leading role of Old Dolio. As a plot, it is highly quirky and odd. In the opening act, we witness what this family is capable of as scam artists. They are exceptionally skilled, but they still struggle to make ends meet each day and are always seeking an enormous scam.
Kajillionare has been written and directed by Miranda July, who brings this unique film on the screen, combining drama, crime, and comedy elements.
At the start, I found the film unpredictable, but by the second and third act, it was extremely obvious where the film was headed. I also found some moments in this film dull and uninteresting. In the end, Kajillionare will not be a film for everyone, but I am confident it will have its fans from those seeking something moving and mildly entertaining.
Overall, I found this film to be a huge mixed bag. The performance and transformation by actress Evan Rachel Wood is impressive to see on screen. Kajillionare introduces an interesting family of scammers, but the film takes a different path that I found both predictable and ultimately uninteresting by the second and third act.
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