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Mad Money (2008)



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

Movie Info

Bridget Cardigan is shocked to learn that she is on the verge of losing her home and comfortable upper middle class lifestyle when her husband Don is downsized from his job. Armed only with a decades old English degree and years as a dedicated mother and corporate wife, Bridget is forced into the unfamiliar labor market with no job skills. Finally, she accepts the only position she can find--janitor at the Federal Reserve Bank. The one-time suburban mom soon discovers she has more in common with her new co-workers than she thought. Bridget forges an unexpected bond with Nina, a hard-working single mom with two kids to raise, and Jackie, an exuberant free spirit with nothing to lose. Caught up in a system that underestimates their talents and keeps their dreams just out of reach, Bridget, Nina and Jackie set out to even the score. After a lifetime of playing by the rules, the three devise a plan to smuggle soon-to-be destroyed currency out of the supposedly airtight Reserve. As the unlikely crime syndicate amasses piles of cash, it looks like they have pulled off the perfect crime--until a minor misstep alerts the authorities. With more money than they know what to do with, the women are pushed to the limits of their ingenuity to stay one step ahead of the law!more
Rating: PG-13 (for sexual material and language, and brief drug references)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Glenn Gers
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 13, 2008
Box Office: $20.5M
Overture Films - Official Site


Diane Keaton
as Bridget Cardigan
Queen Latifah
as Nina Brewster
Katie Holmes
as Jackie Truman
Ted Danson
as Don Cardigan
Adam Rothenberg
as Bob Truman
Sterling Blackmon
as Older Jimmy
Peyton Smith
as Older Dante
Richard F. Law
as Cop No. 2
Meagen Fay
as Mindy Arbogast
Christopher McDonald
as Bryce Arbogast
M Denise Lee
as Counselor
Marc Macaulay
as Agent Wayne
Maliek Golden
as Young Dante
Khari King
as Young Jimmy
Jim Cramer
as Himself
John McIntosh
as Headmaster
Bill Jenkins
as Jeweler
Drew Waters
as Fed Guy No. 1
Tron Kendrick
as Fed Guy No. 2
Joe Nemmers
as Detective Smith
Julius Washington
as Detective Jones
J.C. MacKenzie
as Richard Mandelbrot
Cliff Fleming
as Helcopter Pilot
Jennifer Wilkerson
as Hotel Clerk
Bryan McMahon
as District Attorney
Duke W. Scott Jr.
as Detective Scott
Bryan Massey
as Detective Brinkley
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Critic Reviews for Mad Money

All Critics (107) | Top Critics (37)

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
Top Critic

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

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

Audience Reviews for Mad Money


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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