Friends with Money 2006

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FRIENDS WITH MONEY examines the the shifting relationships between four women who have been friends for many years. As they settle into early middle age, their friendship is challenged by the ever-growing disparity in their individual degrees of financial comfort.

Starring:
Jennifer Aniston, Joan Cusack
Runtime:
1 hour 24 minutes

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Nicole Holofcener
Starring Jennifer Aniston, Joan Cusack
Supporting actors Catherine Keener, Frances McDormand, Romy Rosemont, Cass Asher, Jason Isaacs
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Oct 2006
Format: DVD
This is a brief glimpse at the lives of 7 friends, 3 married couples with money and their single friend,( Jennifer Anniston), who works as a maid and is pretty much broke.
One couple are very wealthy, another couple are screenwriters whose marriage is collapsing in bitterness and the final couple consist of a husband everybody assumes is gay and his menopausal wife who is getting decidedly cranky. The odd one out is Jennifer Annistons maid who had to leave her job as a teacher because of the snide behaviour of the middle class pupils whose clueless snobbery,( that you aren't shown ), is reflected in the way her friends treat her.
One friend matches her up with a charmless pig of a man but she eventually finds someone to love in an unexpected direction.
There is much to admire in the self discipline the director applies to her handling of this movie. The individual storylines are not all neatly 'tied up' in the end, instead there is a satisfying feeling that these peoples lives could go in a varity of directions after we have left them. The running time is little over 1hr 20 mins which means the story can be moved along at a good pace and there is no time for pointless waffle or long periods where nothing happens. Each moment is fully utilized and very quickly you start to feel you know these people,( but you don't and the expected cliches are avoided so that there are one or two surprises),.
The script is sharp and although there is humour this is not a comedy. The actors all bring their best to their roles and provide lifelike characters that draw you in. Standouts are Francis Mcdormands crumbling but funny menopausal woman, angry, confused and desperately trying to get a grip and Jennifer Anniston gives her best performance so far as damaged, lonely and odd friend out.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By 2cleverbyhalf on 22 Jan 2007
Format: DVD
Normally I'd try to eat my left leg before watching a film about 'modern relationships in middle class America'. But FWM was a pleasant surprise. It would be too easy to throw rotten tomatoes at this for it's 'boo hoo it's horrible being middle aged and rich' plot line. But then it's handled so well that it's hard not to like the film. The interactions between the married couples is spot on, all that stuff not said being more important that what is said. Thank God there's nothing mawkish about the kids. There's a couple of pretty funny 'oh, he really is gay' type jokes. Plus Anniston plays it just right as the aimless, meandering pot-head.

The only bad points. The ending is too twee and Anniston is just too pretty to be so unlucky and so naive with men.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. James on 11 Nov 2006
Format: DVD
I'm all for movies that are full of dialogue, making you think and reflecting life as opposed to fairytale cliched storylines, and I thought this would be one, but at the end of the movie my wife and I looked at each other and laughed..."Is that it?!"

There is no opportunity to get to know the people or to care about them. No attempt is really made to delve deeper into any of the characters than what you could pick up as a passer by. There is simply no storyline at all and the last scene leaves you feeling like the movie is about to start and then it ends.

It's not a comedy, it's not a drama, it's just nothing. Spend your money elsewhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 May 2013
Format: DVD
'Friends With Money' was written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, whose two previous features were wonderful studies of women and their relationships. I came upon Nicole Holofcener because of her new film, Please Give', which is receiving wonderful reviews, and I wanted to visit all of her films. The characters in her films are so real, it is like we are peeking in through the windows.

Jennifer Aniston plays Olivia, a maid. She used to be a teacher in an exclusive school, until the kids started making fun of her. She has friends with money. Jane, played by Frances McDormand, who is an angry byotch, screams at people and is going through some sort of life change. She hasn't washed her hair in weeks, 'you just have to wash it again' she says. And, by the way, she steals every scene she is in. She designs clothes that are overpriced but just wonderful. Christine, played by Catherine Keener, writes screenplays with her husband. They have a difficult relationship to say the least. Franny, played by Joan Cusack, stays at home and is concerned about the amount of money spent on their son's shoes. All, but Olivia have husbands. Jane's husband is cute and loving but everyone thinks he is Gay, but probably isn't. Christine's husband is the screenwriter, who is less than supportive. Franny's husband seems the most normal, so we don't know much about him, except he makes a lot of money. The film really centers around Olivia, and this may be one of Jennifer Aniston's best films. She is without glamour, fresh and a pit smoking woman who has no idea who she is or where she is going. Olivia is set up by Jane with Mike a fitness instructor, and, as we soon find out, a louse. He goes with Olivia and watches her clean house and then expects some financial compensation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 15 Nov 2010
Format: DVD
I have this film as part of a cheap mixed bag of a DVD boxset, I bought it for another film in the set (which was a massive disappointment) but this ended up being the winner for me. It really stayed with me after watching. Saying that I don't think it is a crowd pleaser of a film with mass appeal. This is a thoughtful, conversational look at a group of middle-aged middle-class female friends and their insecurities, failings and power struggles. A fantastic ensemble cast, with strong performances as should be expected from the excellent calibre of actors. Jennifer Aniston is truly a revelation as the central character, fragile, complex and for once playing a genuine outsider. I whole-heartedly recommend this. Similar sense of heart as another lesser known film, Crush [DVD] [2001]
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