‘Kajillionaire’ Review: Miranda July’s Con Artist Movie is Strange But Ultimately Sweet [Sundance 2020]

/Film | 1/26/2020 | Chris Evangelista
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If Parasite didn’t satiate your hunger for family teams of con artists, you might be curious to check out Kajillionaire, the latest work from Miranda July. But while Parasite is a tale of capitalism and class-warfare, Kajillionaire has other things on its mind. In fact, it’s not really even a con artist movie. July uses that scenario to draw us into the surreal world she’s created, and then pulls the rug out from under us to create something far more emotional.

The problem with this scenario: this switcheroo ends up resulting in a lopsided movie. The first hour of Kajillionaire borders on bad, with a series of quirky, oddball set-ups that seem designed to elicit a curious chuckle and nothing more. July introduces us to a family of grifters: Robert (Richard Jenkins), Theresa (Debra Winger), and their daughter Old Dolio (Evan Rachel Wood). They live off the grid, and get by ripping off the post office, returning stolen merchandise, and trying to swindle anyone and everyone they can. The family inhabits a decrepit office set up next to a factory that causes soapy bubbles to come pouring through their walls like The Blob.

Family - Warmth - Individuals - Old - Dolio

While they’re technically related, they’re not exactly what you’d call a family. There’s no warmth between these individuals, and more often than not, it seems like Old Dolio’s parents don’t really care for her. She has a bit of a wake-up call when she attends a parenting seminar to make a quick buck, and watches a video about how babies bond with their mothers. It dawns on her that she’s never had any real affection for, or from, her mom.

Wood is great in the part, adopting a husky monotone voice and using her body language to be both nimble and rigid. She’s a complete misfit, unable to comfortably interact...
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