Marla Grayson (Rosamund Pike) does not want to be poor. So much so that she's created quite the scam for herself as a legal guardian for the elderly. She and her girlfriend Fran Eiza González get court orders to get them under their care, then sell their properties for profits. It's only when they attempt to take control of Jennifer Peterson (Dianne Wiest) that they realize she might be a bit more than they bargained for.
Marla is so deliciously vile. I never expected to be so invested into someone committing elder abuse. Especially in a film from a director whose had a few duds prior to this. But Rosamund Pike can do anything, and I especially loved her and Peter Dinklage together in this film.
I've found a lot of talk about this film online to be unfair and annoying. Not to mention laced with misogyny. An alarming amount of people seem to take issue with the fact that Martha is a woman doing these things, while not batting an eye lash over the many times men have been in movies like these. It's not a perfect movie, but it's one of the better ones Netflix has put out. Don't let the in no way suspicious one star reviews everywhere put you off.
I will admit, the ending is lifted from plenty of other crime movies, but the performances and the quick pacing make this an easy watch. It's darkly funny without ever glorifying what the characters are doing.
Memorable quote: "You're right. I can be bought." - Marla Grayson (Rosamund Pike)