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Friends With Money (2006)


Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 151
Fresh: 108
Rotten: 43

Critics Consensus: Stong lead performances, witty dialogue and wry observations cement Friends With Money as another winning dramedy from writer/director Nicole Holofcener.

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 45
Fresh: 33
Rotten: 12

Critics Consensus: Stong lead performances, witty dialogue and wry observations cement Friends With Money as another winning dramedy from writer/director Nicole Holofcener.


Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 77,101


Movie Info

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 … More

R (for language, some sexual content and brief drug use)
Drama , Art House & International , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Nicole Holofcener
In Theaters:
Aug 29, 2006
Box Office:
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Friends With Money

All Critics (153) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (108) | Rotten (43) | DVD (17)

This delicious, seriocomic tale of four friends in affluent, liberal, west L.A. grappling with midlife crises, metrosexual spouses and household remodeling takes on an avoided subject: money, and how it affects our relationships.

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
Top Critic

This is a dense and sophisticated work about mortality, materialism, madness, jealousy and pity a movie in which the fabulous duds are ripped off the "Sex and the City" gals and they're left teetering on the edge of the abyss...

Full Review… | October 7, 2006
Top Critic

As a creator of characters, Holofcener has strong instincts for emblematic situations and telling habits, yet she takes a reticent approach to development -- she observes her subjects closely, but doesn't necessarily interpret.

Full Review… | May 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Holofcener builds scenes around motifs that resonate marvelously.

Full Review… | April 21, 2006
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

It engages us from beginning to end without strong narrative, or narratives. It lives through the quality of Holofcener's dialogue and the performances that she has drawn from her actors.

April 21, 2006
The New Republic
Top Critic

Sharply observed and cleverly written, in the end, the film is also a bit superficial, like its characters' lives.

Full Review… | April 21, 2006
USA Today
Top Critic

Boasting generous performances from each player, this is a film that understands the foibles of human nature.

Full Review… | March 12, 2010

Tidily grounded in Sitcomland

Full Review… | August 30, 2009

Holofcener jibes class and materialism without getting preachy and avoids formula with wit and compassion.

Full Review… | April 23, 2009
Boston Phoenix

The script is full of witty gems, while still remaining rooted in reality.

Full Review… | June 13, 2008
Eye for Film

Holofcener's anecdotal narrative doesn't give us much purchase on any of the characters.

Full Review… | February 13, 2008

An astutely observed relationship dramedy, painfully funny even as it burns.

Full Review… | February 1, 2008

...remains oddly uninvolving for the majority of its brisk running time.

Full Review… | August 4, 2007
Reel Film Reviews

For all its Sundance cool factor, the latest from this gifted director glances off the viewer without leaving much impact.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

Una comedia agridulce sobre las relaciones de pareja y amistad de cuatro mujeres acomodadas, con buenos diálogos y observación de personajes. Muy buen elenco.

Full Review… | January 9, 2007
Uruguay Total

Problematic at the center, but there's still pleasure to be had in watching the actresses navigate the emotional terrain.

Full Review… | October 20, 2006
Film Experience

These characters are worth a visit, but don't be surprised if they don't stay with you for very long once you've gone home.

Full Review… | September 22, 2006
Christianity Today

Just when did the polished Hollywood 'chick flick' of old begin to appropriate the stylistics of the indie film?

Full Review… | September 2, 2006

In a low-key way, it's a very fine performance. Poker-faced Aniston may be, but everything Olivia needs to say is right there in her eyes.

Full Review… | September 1, 2006
Sydney Morning Herald

Marriage, success, self-worth and communication are put under the microscope and the result is funny, poignant and ripe with truths

Full Review… | August 25, 2006
Urban Cinefile

Guys could learn a lot about women by watching this older, often funnier L.A. version of Sex in the City

Full Review… | August 23, 2006

[I]t's hard to distinguish [Holofcener's] more tentative approach to narrative [here] from an identity crisis. Maybe that's why McDormand's material has by far the most bite.

Full Review… | July 30, 2006

An amazing set of actresses add depth and character to the lives of four friends whose relationship will always be a mystery but whose love for each other endures.

Full Review… | July 20, 2006
Cinema Sight

If you are a woman, or if you love one, you should see it. You will see yourself somewhere, as with all her movies, and it will change the way you see yourself as well...Holofcener nderstands us better than we admit we understand ourselves

Full Review… | June 16, 2006

Audience Reviews for Friends With Money

Enjoyed this for the second time. Not a huge story, and not a cute rom com as you might expect with Jennifer Anniston.
Jennifer plays Olivia, a down on her luck teacher working as a maid.
Her three friends are better off financially, but having their own struggles.
The funniest part was the lady screaming that a customer pushed in front of her in line. The movie is funny, but it's a black humour.
More something for a 30 plus to watch. I don't know that a younger audience would really get it. Not one for someone who likes all happy endings and sunshine in a movie either.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


One of those "seems so real you feel like a voyeur" flicks. I had a hard time believing Jennifer Aniston as a sad sack, but the rest of the cast was solid.

Julie B

Super Reviewer

It was ok. Nothing really that special or outstanding. Dissapointing since I love Jennifer Aniston.

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

Friends With Money has much more of a bite than other Holofcener films, it's sort of a nice remix on her themes. But it also makes me a little bit depressed.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

Friends With Money Quotes

[to Fran] You were the prettiest one there.
– Submitted by Hanna K (3 years ago)

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