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Posted on 09/26/2020 6:15:11 PM PDT by cuz1961
Kajillionaire' shows how boomers stole from millennials and what they'll keep stealing
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'Kajillionaire' shows how boomers stole from millennials and what they'll keep stealing Miranda July made a heist film that's less about larceny and more about how the Me Generation is determined to take from us everything they can carry.
By Sam Thielman, reporter and cultural critic Baby boomers came of age loving films about embracing individuality and escaping their parents' authoritarian moralism, many of them beautiful "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "A Clockwork Orange," "Easy Rider." Now that boomers have remade the world in their own image, a younger generation is making movies about what that world looks like it isn't pretty and how to live in it and maybe survive it.
Miranda July's "Kajillionaire" is one of them and a lot of other things.
A "kajillion" isn't a real number, so it makes sense that most of what the movie's middle-age con artists, Robert (Richard Jenkins) and Theresa (Debra Winger), along with their daughter, Old Dolio (Evan Rachel Wood), steal isn't real money. Between a swindled gift certificate here, a little mail fraud there and a lot of funny business with big-box store return departments, the trio manage to eke out a dishonest living and pay for what we'll charitably call a home in an industrial building in Los Angeles, where the rent is very inexpensive because of the flood of pink bubbles that descends from the ceiling regularly sometimes more than once a day and must be hauled away in buckets.
The joke-y hook is that Robert and Theresa believe they're the kind of rakish, amoral tricksters you might find in a movie about a casino heist or a bank robbery; Jenkins in particular does a beautiful job of playing a guy who is absolutely convinced he's a George Clooney hero. But we can see that they're merely selfish, amusingly deluded crooks whose greed becomes less charming the more we see of their daughter, a woman who has been utterly smashed by their indifference.
So it is a heist film and an absolutely savage one but less about receipt fraud and more about how, in their declining years, the Me Generation simply won't go away without taking everything they can carry with them.
At one point, Robert and Theresa take Old Dolio and Melanie, played by Gina Rodriguez, out to a fancy dinner and recall their years of doing things other than stealing from people. "Of course, then the culture changed," says Robert, by way of explaining how they fell so far. "Maybe it'll change back!" Theresa says hopefully. Of course, it won't change back; culture is a product of the people in it. And Theresa and Robert won't change.
But "Kajillionaire" is also an essential L.A. movie, its sunny despair unmistakable, and it's about a sweet and tentative romance between Old Dolio and Melanie, who is as glamorous as Wood is deliberately frumpy.
Wood, incidentally, is a revelation here. Hidden inside her baggy trackwear and her father's shirts, she exudes a sense that, at any moment, she might burst into song or tears or just fly at her parents in a rage. (When July gives Wood a few precious moments to play that release, it's breathtaking to see.)
Rodriguez, on the other hand, has a hard job here, and an interesting one. She's our barometer for what normal ought to be, whereas Jenkins and Winger, the avaricious old hippies, are there to remind us of what normal is, which is a depressing sight, to say the least. (I'd like to say this is unfair, but you'd have to catch me in an especially good mood and several hours out from any news consumption to hear it from me.)
There are already quite a few treacly movies and books about the millennial tendency to create family out of trustworthy friends and romantic partners. "Kajillionaire" spends more time than most of them demonstrating why it is necessary for so many people to do this, and it wraps into it the profound need to escape boomer materialism even if we do so with nothing but the clothes on our backs
Sam Thielman is a reporter and critic based in New York. He is the creator, with film critic Alissa Wilkinson, of Young Adult Movie Ministry, a podcast about Christianity and movies, and his writing has been featured in The Columbia Journalism Review, The Guardian, Talking Points Memo and Variety. In 2017 he was political consultant for Comedy Central's "The President Show."
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In one sense they do and did. Baby Boomers are going to vote themselves social benefits until there is nothing left to spend. Then, they will exit the world and leave the next generations the bills.
That’s a heck of a reputation to be leaving behind.
F U... ..
F u too
Millenials are an ungrateful lot.
I’m sorry, but who do you think is going to be left paying the bill when the $26 trillion becomes due? Boomers?
You’ll be dead. The oldest baby boomers are now 74 years old and the youngest is 56 years of age.
The debt will cost, assuming it can be paid down, about three times the principle, which is almost $80 trillion dollars.
Do you think we should be grateful for the $80 trillion the debt will cost the younger generations? From a shrinking tax base and less income averages in the future?
Your children are heading towards a man made apocalypse, solely built by overspending.
I’m also no millenial. I’ve never voted for social spending priorities and I will be dead when it all comes due, so it doesn’t affect me.
they are just children, once they grow up a little and FINALLY move out of their parents houses, get a drivers license and a job, a good chunk of them will finally get what we have been trying to tell them.
A Clockwork Orange is a beautiful movie?
I read the review twice and came away with it sounding like some sort of b movie small time crooks romance.
I have no idea where “boomer materialism” (whatever the heck that is) comes into play, I just know I have never stolen a dime from millenials although their outsized participation in welfare programs suggests the opposite is true.
Something I did at 17 and they do at 37.
Obviously I was not coddled. No participation trophies. You lost? WORK HARDER and next time it will not be YOU.
The greatest generation (TGG) stole from the boomers. They did not fund their SS or Medicare benefits which grew rapidly during TGG’s retirement. Look up Claude Peppers. The boomers are set to do the same to the millennials but not to the same degree TGG did to the boomers because the boomers paid at a lot higher tax rate. At some point, however, the bill will become do.
This was started by the "greatest generation" stealing from the boomers.
The millenials are stealing just as much, without a generation to steal from them.
Yeah, I'm a boomer. But... the leftist boomers caused the debt problems, all while the rightist boomers were screaming at them to show fiscal responsibility. True, that rightist leaders went along with the leftist fools adding to our debt problems. But don't lay this problem on all boomers.
This debt problem won't be many years in the future long after boomers are gone. I have a feeling that there is going to be a huge monetary reset in the next couple years. Bye-bye all our savings.
Explain why the trillions spent are the boomers fault.
Boomers paid for the social programs the millineums profited from.
The boomers didn’t vote for socialist security and the war on poverty.
Boomers fought the Vietnam war that has yet to be paid for
You’re right. I’m not being completely fair when I blame all boomers, when it really was leftist and liberal boomers that did all that.
Biden has promised to come after your pensions and investments.
For your interest.
My sons and their wives are millennials, but they don’t blame our generation. Many millennials seem so whiny and lost, and having no respect or direction. A product, sadly, of universities.
But “Kajillionaire” is also an essential L.A. movie,
delusional insanity disguised as fashionable
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