My Rating: 3.75/5 ( Good )
Miranda July might have made her name with acclaimed 2005 comedy Me and You and Everyone We Know, but the indie auteur has only directed one movie since (2011’s The Future). On the evidence of new film Kajillionaire, we should all try and persuade her to become more prolific.
Set in Los Angeles, Kajillionaire is about Old Dolio, the daughter of two scam artists, plots a new scheme to pay their rent. But when her parents invite a stranger, Melanie, to join their plan, Dolio’s world turns upside down.
Robert and Teresa treat Old Dolio less like a daughter and more like a junior employee. There’s no real affection, care or love, with Old Dolio’s upbringing an absence of parties, presents and apparently friends. When the trio profit from a con, they split the financial proceedings though there is a constant feeling the parents are also conning the child out of more than just basic parental decency.
When Old Dolio concocts an airline luggage scam to help pay off their debts, they meet Melanie (Annihilation‘s Gina Rodriguez), who soon becomes involved in their racket, in spite of her initial facade of propriety. Melanie and Old Dolio become friends and slowly, the gauche, scared daughter comes out of her shell.
Wood, so good as the lead in sci-fi smash Westworld, though more familiar to a much younger audience through her voiceover work on Frozen II, is excellent.
Bizarrely deep-voiced, awkward and naive, she is childlike though not an innocent.
Rodriguez is a great counterpoint, with Melanie providing the love Old Dolio never had.
Winger is delicious as a very un-maternal screen mum.
While Jenkins puts in a hilarious turn that is creepily unpleasant.
Kajillionaire offers something different again. It’s a strange, refreshingly unique movie that will leave viewers happier to have seen it.
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