Kajillionaire

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Kajillionaire
Kajillionaire poster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMiranda July
Written byMiranda July
Produced by
Starring
CinematographySebastian Winterø
Edited byJennifer Vecchiarello
Music byEmile Mosseri
Production
companies
Distributed by
Release dates
  • January 25, 2020 (2020-01-25) (Sundance)
  • September 25, 2020 (2020-09-25) (United States)
Running time
106 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$1.4 million[2][3]

Kajillionaire is a 2020 American crime comedy-drama film written and directed by Miranda July. The film stars Evan Rachel Wood, Debra Winger and Richard Jenkins as members of a petty crime family whose relationship becomes frayed when a stranger played by Gina Rodriguez joins their schemes.

Kajillionaire had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2020 and was released in theaters on September 25, 2020, followed by video on demand on October 16, 2020, by Focus Features in the United States, and by Universal Pictures internationally.

Plot[edit]

An emotionally stunted 26-year-old woman named Old Dolio Dyne is in a manipulative relationship with her con artist parents, who treat her as an accomplice to their petty thefts and scams rather than as a daughter. The family owes $1,500 of back rent on their $500-per-month apartment, which is actually a leaking office space attached to a soap factory. Unable to come up with money, Old Dolio concocts a scam in which they will fly to New York City using tickets they won in a contest. Her parents will take her luggage at the baggage claim and Old Dolio will claim the airline has lost it. Old Dolio will then collect on the travel insurance she purchased, which will be enough to cover their rent.

After an uneventful trip, Old Dolio and her parents return home. She is surprised to find them chatting with Melanie, a friendly young woman in the seat next to them, and even more surprised when they reveal their scam to Melanie and have her pretend to be their daughter as they pick up the luggage. Old Dolio reveals she reported her "lost luggage", but tells them it could take several weeks for the check to come, so the family looks for alternative methods to get the money.

Melanie proves to be surprisingly amenable to their way of life and reveals she lied about being a physician’s assistant and is actually a clerk at an eyeglass store. She introduces the family to one of her elderly clients, from whom they steal a blank check and cash it for $650. A second client, who is dying, asks the family to pretend to be his family as he passes away. Old Dolio is shaken by the experience and is hurt when her parents rush to comfort Melanie while ignoring their daughter. Arriving home, Old Dolio discovers the check for the insurance in the mail.

Old Dolio's parents try to initiate a threesome with Melanie, but she reacts badly. They are interrupted by Old Dolio, who is heartbroken to hear her mother call Melanie "hon" and offers her mother the entire travel insurance money to do the same to her. Old Dolio's mother refuses, but Melanie accepts Old Dolio's offer and takes her to her apartment. Rather than simply call Old Dolio "hon", Melanie offers a "full-service" treatment fulfilling emotional needs that Old Dolio's parents failed to meet.

Old Dolio's parents turn up at Melanie's apartment, telling Old Dolio they love and miss her and presenting her with 17 birthday presents, promising the 18th one (though she's 26) at dinner the following night. Old Dolio and Melanie attend the dinner even though they think it's another scam. At the restaurant, Old Dolio's parents gift her a necklace and swear they will change. They return to Melanie's apartment and tuck Old Dolio into bed. Melanie, who has hidden the insurance money in her fuse box, tells Old Dolio that if her parents have stolen the money they are monsters and do not love her, while Old Dolio says if the money is still there, it is proof her parents have changed. She also comes up with a third possibility; that her parents will have left behind $525, her third of the cash, signifying that they love her but will never ever be able to offer her anything more. To Melanie and Old Dolio's surprise, the cash is all there.

The following morning, Melanie and Old Dolio awaken to find that Melanie has been robbed; all removable objects and furnishings, including the cash hidden in the fuse box, are gone. The only things left are Old Dolio's 17 presents. Realizing they are refundable, Old Dolio and Melanie take them to be returned. The total price of the items is $485.05, until Melanie realizes they forgot to return Old Dolio's necklace, bringing the total to $525, Old Dolio's share of the insurance money. Old Dolio and Melanie kiss in the store as the film ends.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

In March 2018, it was announced Miranda July would write and direct the film, with Brad Pitt and Youree Henley producing, under their Plan B Entertainment and Annapurna Pictures banners, respectively.[4] That same month, Evan Rachel Wood, Richard Jenkins, Debra Winger and Gina Rodriguez joined the cast of the film.[5] In June 2018, Mark Ivanir joined the cast of the film.[6] Principal photography began in May 2018.[7]

Release[edit]

The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2020.[8] Shortly after, A24 was announced to be in negotiations to acquire distribution rights to the film.[9] However, Focus Features acquired the U.S. rights to distribute the film, with Universal Pictures distributing the film internationally.[10][11][12] It was released in theaters on September 25, 2020, followed by video on demand on October 16, 2020.[13] It was previously scheduled to be released on September 18, 2020, and June 19, 2020.[12][14]

Reception[edit]

Rotten Tomatoes lists an approval rating of 90% based on 206 reviews, with an average rating of 7.4/10. The site's critics consensus reads, "Whether you see Kajillionaire as refreshingly unique or simply bizarre will depend on your cinematic adventurousness – and fans of writer-director Miranda July wouldn't have it any other way."[15] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 78 out of 100, based on reviews from 35 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[16]

Kajillionaire was nominated for a 2021 GLAAD Media Award.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kajillionaire". Sundance Film Festival. Retrieved December 11, 2019.
  2. ^ "Kajillionaire". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved November 29, 2020.
  3. ^ "Kajillionaire". The Numbers. Retrieved November 9, 2020.
  4. ^ McNary, Dave (March 15, 2018). "Miranda July Sets Family Drama Movie With Plan B, Annapurna". Variety. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  5. ^ Kit, Borys; Galuppo, Mia (March 29, 2018). "Evan Rachel Wood, Gina Rodriguez to Star in Miranda July Heist Feature (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  6. ^ McNary, Dave (June 7, 2018). "Film News Roundup: Eddie Murphy to Star in Biopic 'Dolemite Is My Name' for Netflix". Variety. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  7. ^ "Filming in May: Miranda July to Direct Upcoming Untitled Heist Film in California This May". Production List. May 13, 2018. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  8. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (December 4, 2019). "Sundance Unveils Female-Powered Lineup Featuring Taylor Swift, Gloria Steinem, Abortion Road Trip Drama". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  9. ^ Donnelly, Matt (January 29, 2020). "A24 Closing In on Miranda July's Sundance Player 'Kajillionaire' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  10. ^ Donnelly, Matt (February 6, 2020). "Focus Features Closing Deal for Miranda July's 'Kajillionaire' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  11. ^ Pederson, Erik (March 10, 2020). "'Kajillionaire' & 'Come Play' Get Release Dates From Focus Features". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 10, 2020.
  12. ^ a b D’Alessandro, Anthony (May 27, 2020). "'Kajillionaire' Will Now Cash In This Fall At Theaters". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  13. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (August 28, 2020). "'Kajillionaire' Cashing In A Week Later This Fall With PVOD Soon After – Update". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  14. ^ Pederson, Erik (March 10, 2020). "'Kajillionaire' & 'Come Play' Get Release Dates From Focus Features". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 10, 2020.
  15. ^ "Kajillionaire (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved October 10, 2021.
  16. ^ "Kajillionaire Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 10, 2020.
  17. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (January 28, 2021). "GLAAD Unveils Nominees For 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards; Deadline's New Hollywood Podcast Honored With Special Recognition Award". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on January 28, 2021. Retrieved February 2, 2021.

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