KAJILLIONAIRE review – a movie that won’t make you feel like you were robbed

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Title: Kajillionaire
MPAA Rating: R
Director and Writer: 
Miranda July
Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Debra Winger, Gina Rodriguez, and Richard Jenkins
Movie length: 1 hour 46 minutes

Synopsis (Courtesy of Focus Features): From acclaimed writer/director Miranda July (The Future, Me and You and Everyone We Know) comes a profoundly moving and wildly original comedy. Con-artists Theresa (Debra Winger) and Robert (Richard Jenkins) have spent 26 years training their only daughter, Old Dolio (Evan Rachel Wood), to swindle, scam, and steal at every opportunity. During a desperate, hastily conceived heist, they charm a stranger (Gina Rodriguez) into joining their family, only to have their entire world turned upside down.

What Dan thought: Going into the movie I didn’t know what to expect. What drew me to the movie was the starring cast, and after watching the movie I was far from disappointed.

Miranda July’s directing job and script were terrific. From the opening credits to the end credits the movie just draws you in and doesn’t let go.

The main cast, notably Wood and Rodriguez, were absolutely terrific. Winger and Jenkins as Wood’s con artist parents held their own as well. But when all four of them are on the screen at the same time it was brilliant.

The music for the movie was done by Emile Mosseri, and while he doesn’t have that many movie credits, I can see that changing. While I did see the movie on a TV with no external speakers, those of you who see it in a theater or with a good speaker system will enjoy it.

The score (one early scene in particular) was terrific, as was the song chosen for the end scene (a song from Gene Allan and Bobby Vinton).

Dan’s Grade: A. While I may not have seen many movies this year (damn you COVID-19), this movie definitely ranks high among them. If you get a chance to see it, don’t hesitate.


Kajillionaire is now out in theaters and on VOD services.

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