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Friends with Money (2006)

Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Aniston, Joan Cusack, more...
Director: Nicole Holofcener
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Studio: Sony Pictures
Genre: Comedies, Drama, Romantic Comedy
Running Time: 88 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, French
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A single woman envies the security of her married friends, while they in turn dream of her freedom in this comedy drama. Olivia (Jennifer Aniston) is a single woman in her mid-thirties who feels she's reached a crossroads in her life. Unhappy with her career as a teacher, Olivia quits and takes a job as a maid until she sorts out her feelings. However, Olivia feels as if she could use some support, both personal and financial, from her best friends, all of whom at very least have more in the bank than she does. But that's not to say they don't have problems of their own. Christine (Catherine Keener) and her husband Patrick (Jason Isaacs) are screenwriters who have discovered that collaborating is more stress than they can deal with. Jane (Frances McDormand) is married to Aaron (Simon McBurney); they work together as designers, but while their professional relationship is cordial, they've become numb to one another as lovers and friends. And Franny (Joan Cusack) and Matt (Greg Germann) are a couple who comfortably support themselves and their children thanks to an inherited fortune; while their material needs are met, emotionally they can barely handle marriage and parenthood. Friends With Money was written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, who previously made the acclaimed independent features Walking and Talking and Lovely & Amazing. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

A more uplifting Good Girl by tnc1 February 28, 2007 - 9:06 PM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
The movie was certainly better than expected. For whatever reason I didn't have high hopes for this one; the previews portrayed it as a simple film, a comedy. To my surprise it was anything but simple and much more than just a comedy. The characters are each unique, fleshed out, and interact in superb ways. In many ways the richness and ambiguity reminded me of a less tragic The Good Girl.

It's an enjoyable, moderately paced film, but lacks replay value. Seeing it once was touching but a second viewing might prove less enchanting.

Finally a true tale of friendships by speakreflection November 21, 2006 - 8:00 AM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Now to start off, I can not stand Miss Aniston. I find it hard to even rent a movie with her in it.. but I was supremely surprised here. With a perfect cast that blends in terriffic. This movie shows that not all friendships are created equal, but that doesn't mean they don't last. Watching Frances McDormand and Catherine Keener almost perfectly take hold of their characters and Joan Cusak seems all too well to be hers'. I was laughing and wondering why these women were going through the motions of life..But each of them arrive perfectly at the path they need. It's funny cause Aniston seems to fit in her character too.. But it's one of very little ability and very little depth. The ending of course is classic but I won't ruin it.

Funny Money, Good Friends by talltale August 28, 2006 - 9:13 AM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
As a knockout character study and example of state-of-the-art dialog, FRIENDS WITH MONEY is the year's best (so far). Nicole Holofcener finally gets it completely together in terms of writing and directing a movie that's consistently spot-on. (OK: there's one too-contrived moment when a parking space is stolen by someone the protagonist knows, but since the scene works and is as funny and insightful as everything else in the movie, I think you'll forgive this bit of happenstance).

The cast is well chosen (with Holofcener veteran Catherine Keener up to her usual snuff), and everyone (including Jennifer Aniston, who does some of her very best work here) proves as real as they are funny. Not everything is brought to closure or explanation (Is McDormand's hubby really gay? Could he simply not know it--or want to know it--by now?), but for me that made the movie even richer. Throughout, I was constantly chucking--then wincing--at how silly but so like some people I know (including the guy in my morning shaving mirror) these folk were. Maybe you'll have a similar reaction. If not, lucky you. (Or perhaps you haven't taken a REALLY close look in that shaving or make-up mirror lately.)

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