Friends With Money

2006

Friends With Money

Critics Consensus

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

72%

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Reviews Counted: 154

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40%
Average Rating: 2.8/5

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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 bank than she does. But that's not to say they don't have problems of their own. Christine (Catherine Keener) and her husband Patrick (Jason Isaacs) are screenwriters who have discovered that collaborating is more stress than they can deal with. Jane (Frances McDormand) is married to Aaron (Simon McBurney); they work together as designers, but while their professional relationship is cordial, they've become numb to one another as lovers and friends. And Franny (Joan Cusack) and Matt (Greg Germann) are a couple who comfortably support themselves and their children thanks to an inherited fortune; while their material needs are met, emotionally they can barely handle marriage and parenthood. Friends With Money was written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, who previously made the acclaimed independent features Walking and Talking and Lovely & Amazing.

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Critic Reviews for Friends With Money

All Critics (154) | Top Critics (47)

  • 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.

    Nov 1, 2007 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
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  • 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...

    Oct 7, 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.

    Sep 1, 2006 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • An exasperatingly awful performance from Jennifer Aniston puts the tin lid on this humourless and self-pitying ensemble comedy.

    May 27, 2006 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 25, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Holofcener builds scenes around motifs that resonate marvelously.

    Apr 21, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Friends With Money

Nicole Holofcener comes outta nowhere and delivers an astounding insight into American hopes and dreams that's breathtaking. A chick flick that's better than any chick flick I've ever seen. Don't let this one past you by. Great performances all around. No CGI though. Even better.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

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
Julie B

Super Reviewer

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

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

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