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Friends with Money 2006

2.7 out of 5 stars (55) IMDb 5.9/10

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:
Catherine Keener, Jason Isaacs
Runtime:
1 hour, 24 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Nicole Holofcener
Starring Catherine Keener, Jason Isaacs
Supporting actors Timm Sharp, Joan Cusack, Greg Germann, Hailey Noelle Johnson, Simon McBurney, Frances McDormand, Jake Cherry, Jennifer Aniston, Bob Stephenson, Marin Hinkle, Scott Caan, Troy Ruptash, Elizabeth Keener, John Srednicki, Mitch Rouse, Christine Mourad, Jenn Fee, Max Burkholder
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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By Friarofdoom 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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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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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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By Richard on 30 Mar. 2013
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Jennifer Aniston plays Olivia, a former teacher who has resorted to cleaning houses for a living after quitting her job. She claimed she couldn't stand that the rich pupils driving better cars than her. It doesn't seem to occur to her to take a job at a state school. She has no direction in her life and is described by her friends as a "pothead". What I didn't get about this film were the so-called friends. None of them seemed to have anything in common with Olivia and they didn't seem to have any shared history . In places it even reminded me of "Friends" especially when one of the characters (I've already forgotton her name I'm afraid) walks into a glass door, breaking her nose. The group of pals all converge on the hospital hugging each other. This is not the way late thirty, early forty somethings really behave. Olivia is set up by one of her girlfriends with a personal trainer who turns out to be a complete pig, she lets him treat her like a doormat. We get a glimpse into her past, seeing that she had an intense affair with a married man but this is not really explored further. There are a couple of funny scenes, especially when Olivia uses a $75 pot of face cream she has stolen from a client to moisturise her feet and there is a satisfying twist at the end of the story. I have seen Aniston in much better films, especially "As Rumour Has It" which I really enjoyed.
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I watched this film with my daughter who is in her late 20s and I must say we both loved it. It's a compelling mixture of bitter-sweet drama with comic and feel-good moments. We did not find it boring at all, but interestingly funny in a sophisticated kind of way. The characters are very believable and easy to relate to, and we connected with them straight away. This is not a side-splitting comedy film, but an intelligent social observation acted extremely well by the superb cast. I have since bought the dvd, as this is one of those films one feels like watching every now and again.
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