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Mad Money (2008)


Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 104
Fresh: 23
Rotten: 81

Critics Consensus: A laborious, unfunny and implausible heist film.

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 36
Fresh: 9
Rotten: 27

Critics Consensus: A laborious, unfunny and implausible heist film.


Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 135,038


Movie Info

A woman who was used to the finer things in life is suddenly thrust back into the work force after her husband gets downsized in writer/director Callie Khouri's (Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood) American adaptation of the hit British comedy Hot Money. Faced with the prospect of losing her home as her debt begins to mount, posh housewife Bridget (Diane Keaton) accepts a job on the midnight cleaning crew at a local branch of the Federal Reserve Bank. When the growing temptation of the cash … More

PG-13 (for sexual material and language, and brief drug references)
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Glenn Gers
In Theaters:
May 13, 2008
Box Office:
Overture Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Mad Money

All Critics (108) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (81) | DVD (5)

There's an old saying: 'I wrote you a long letter because I didn't have time to write a short one.' In the case of Mad Money, I'll write a short review because the movie won't sustain a long one. (It barely sustains itself.)

Full Review… | January 23, 2008
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

It's better than I expected it to be.

January 22, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

This movie is designed to be fun, and its intentions are signaled to us over and over again, as when the women jump around on a bed, giggling and flinging old, dirty money around in a wanton display of pure idiocy.

Full Review… | January 18, 2008
Top Critic

Speaking of recycling, this script by Glenn Gers reeks of it and not in a healthy, eco-minded way.

Full Review… | January 18, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Moviegoers will come up empty.

Full Review… | January 18, 2008
USA Today
Top Critic

It's not that much fun.

Full Review… | January 18, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

A madcap heist movie with a delectable cast who realise that while money can't buy happiness, it sure as hell can buy everything else.

Full Review… | November 21, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Keaton, Latifah and Holmes have appealing chemistry, although it's not enough to sustain a too-long 104 minute running time.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Screen International

If you're thinking that there's not much point in rooting for these ballsy babes all the way because in the end crime doesn't pay, think again, sorta. Because even after they're caught, the fun is really just beginning.

Full Review… | May 16, 2008

Provided you can get past its improbable premise, this madcap crime caper's trio of talented leading ladies manage to provide enough moments of mirth to make the rest of this raucous romp worthwhile.

Full Review… | May 16, 2008

[T]he gap between [Thelma & Louise] and Mad Money resembles the abyss that Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis drove into in Khouri's earlier hit.

Full Review… | May 1, 2008

Khouri parece ter deixado no passado qualquer interesse em criar personagens tridimensionais ou minimamente interessantes.

Full Review… | April 4, 2008
Cinema em Cena

Comedy is difficult, but it seems like Mad Money didn't even try. It's very hard to find the jokes.

Full Review… | March 4, 2008
Daily Herald (IL)

Keaton and Latifah lend enough intelligence, wit, and charm to their characters that Mad Money often feels like an ovarian Ocean's Eleven.

Full Review… | February 29, 2008
Let's Not Listen

'Mad Money' really isn't worth yours.

Full Review… | February 24, 2008
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

den einai toso kaki oso tha se boleye gia na glitoseis ti moyrmoyra an brethei omofyli ton protagonistrion na se faei na to deite (prosferetai gia ypohoriseis diladi)

Full Review… | February 3, 2008
Movies for the Masses

A few badly conceived scenes and misused actors cannot completely negate the positive message of this situation comedy. Diane Keaton deserves better, but lives to laugh another day.

February 1, 2008
Monsters and Critics

Just when I thought there was no way a movie like this could possibly show me anything new, Money goes and makes Ivan Boesky out of Annie Hall, paints redemption green, and paves the road to heaven with gold. Color me surprised.

Full Review… | February 1, 2008
Austin Chronicle

"Ocean's Eleven" if it were geared to the drones at the Oprah Winfrey book club...

Full Review… | February 1, 2008
Cinema Crazed

The latest vibrato performance of Diane Keaton's late career shame has her playing once-wealthy housewife Bridget Cardigan, whose twee name and dithering hysteria are equally insufferable.

Full Review… | January 24, 2008
Boxoffice Magazine

While being a serviceable, somewhat female-empowering bank-heist comedy, Mad Money doesn't do much else to distinguish itself.

Full Review… | January 24, 2008

[W]orks... as bright, cheery, satisfying fantasy, if a mere trifle of a passing fancy. And it works, too, as a celebration of female don't-ignore-us indignation...

Full Review… | January 23, 2008
Flick Filosopher

Pretty much a painless exercise in mediocrity -- nothing more.

Full Review… | January 23, 2008
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Save your money so you don't get mad that you spent it on this.

Full Review… | January 22, 2008
IGN Movies

Audience Reviews for Mad Money

There is nothing quite like a good heist film and Mad Money is nothing like a good heist film. So the moral of the story is that robbing a bank is fine if a) You want things you can't afford b) You don't see why you should work hard for your money and c) because you can, but this film isn't totally without morals you good citizens, they all pay their taxes and in doing so live happily ever after. I believe the kids call this the face-plant moment. I like that Ted Danson is in it but that is as far as a recommendation as I can give.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer


It's very engaging (if you know what I mean). I couldn't take my attention off (you know those tiny breaks you take during movie). Nice.

Dead Angel

Super Reviewer


Pretty good and smart.

The film begins close to the end of the story, when the suspects get caught and are interrogated. Then it flashes back to three years earlier and the film proceeds forward from there interspersed with occasional bits from the interrogation.

Three years before getting caught, Bridget (Diane Keaton) lived a comfortable upper class life until her husband Don (Ted Danson) was fired from his position and sunk into debt. The paycheck for Selina, the cleaning lady, bounces again. Selina confronts Bridget and suggests she take a job as a janitor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

On her first day on the job, Bridget hatches a scheme to steal damaged dollar bills slated for destruction. For her team she chooses Nina (Queen Latifah), who works the dollar bill shredder, and Jackie (Katie Holmes), who takes bill carts from the Secret Service room to the shredding room. It takes some work to convince Nina to join, but Jackie joins them quickly.

The plan is that in the Secret Service room Bridget will switch a cart's official Master-brand lock with a near identical lock she purchased at Home Depot. Bridget will tell Jackie the cart number and give Nina the official lock. When Jackie gets the chosen cart, she dumps some bills from the cart into a trash can before taking the cart to Nina, who then uses Bridget's key to open it and restores the official lock, and then proceeds to shred the remaining bills. Meanwhile, Bridget, in the course of her janitorial duties, retrieves the dumped bills from the trash and splits them among Nina and Jackie in the women's restroom.

Their first robbery is a success though the take is not as big as they had hoped. However, they're emboldened to do it again and again. Once Don and Bridget pay off their debt, Don suggests they stop before they get caught. Bridget rejects this idea and convinces Nina and Jackie to keep going. They almost get caught but they fold in one of the cops.

A Federal Bank Examiner shows up at a party at Bridget's house, and the next day Bridget sees him at work. The Examiner confronts Glover (Stephen Root), who is unwilling to admit anyone has stolen a single bill out of his bank as a matter of professional pride. Tipped off, that night Bridget and her accomplices begin trying to get rid of all the loot stashed in their houses, but the cops move in before all the evidence is destroyed. Bridget escapes but the others get caught.

Bridget hires a tax attorney to defend them. The lawyer gets Bridget and all her accomplices off the hook for their crimes. However, the IRS demands they pay their taxes, which turn out to be equal in amount to the money that remains. They walk away free but penniless.

Eight months later, Bridget reveals to Nina and Jackie that she had stashed away a lot of the stolen money in the basement of a friend's bar.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

I thought it was cute. Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, and Katie Holmes were absolutely adorable together and had great chemistry. They made the story an Ocean's Eleven for the girls, sounds like such a chick flick, but I think this is one that most could actually enjoy.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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