A misunderstanding at her mother’s nursing house leads her flighty, estranged sister Jenny (Oh) to reach, like a whirlwind in a decent black costume and blue-highlighted hair, able to grieve, solely to find their mother hasn’t truly died; she’s simply fled to Macau on her newest playing journey. Unemployed, Jenny tells Anne she’s “specializing in her power and manifesting the life [she] needs” as she not-so-quietly strikes again into their home. After a video Jenny posts of Anne reciting all the right solutions throughout an episode of the quiz present goes viral, a bookie kidnaps Linguini, demanding they repay their mother’s $80k debt. Determined, the 2 determine their solely possibility is to have Anne seem on “Cannot Cease The Quiz.”
The remainder of “Quiz Woman” sees Jenny and Anne in a single madcap scenario after one other. They street journey to Philadelphia for an audition however can solely ebook a room in a Ben Franklin-themed inn run by a Ben Franklin impersonator (a foolish but by some means wistfully understated Tony Hale). Anne will get excessive on the medication Jenny provides her to calm her nervousness throughout the audition. Jenny has a face-off with the bookie and his gang. Anne has a face-off with a smug contestant (Jason Schwartzman, who mugs for the digital camera somewhat an excessive amount of as an alternative of crafting an actual character) on a near-record-breaking profitable streak.
Throughout all of this, Oh and Awkwafina craft a prickly sibling chemistry, the place shared reminiscences and traumas from their childhood collide, evoking a myriad of combined feelings. Sadly, Awkwafina’s muted efficiency usually borders on one-note. Apart from the significantly pleasant drug journey sequence, she’s by no means in a position to convey what’s actually occurring underneath the floor for Anne. Oh, however, is clearly having a blast taking part in this scorching mess. She nails her pratfalls and performs the comedy as broad as potential with aplomb. Nonetheless, Oh also can discover the harm, love, and complexity beneath Jenny’s superfluous floor.