Friends With Money (2006)

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

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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.
Rating:
R (for language, some sexual content and brief drug use)
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Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Joan Cusack
as Franny
Catherine Keener
as Christine
Scott Caan
as Mike
Ty Burrell
as Aaron No. 2
Romy Rosemont
as Gretchen
Timm Sharp
as Richard
Jenn Fee
as Debbie Lazarus
Jake Cherry
as Wyatt
Troy Ruptash
as Cute Man
Elizabeth Keener
as Saleswoman
John Srednicki
as Salesman
Maulik Pancholy
as Flirty Waiter
Jane Elizabeth Mendez
as Deli Counter Person
Kristin Minter
as Soccer Mom
Bobby Coleman
as Marcus
Tonita Castro
as Teresa
Mitch Rouse
as Raymond
Lleen Getz
as Maria
Reggie Austin
as Old Navy Shopper
Yafit Hallely
as Old Navy Shopper
Ileen Getz
as Marla
Michael Lawson
as Old Navy Guy
Wade Allain-Marcus
as Old Navy Store Manager
Fernando Nieto
as Construction Worker
K.C. Clyde
as Waiter
Wendy Phillips
as Fundraiser Host
Reggie Austin
as Old Navy Shopper
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Critic Reviews for Friends With Money

All Critics (152) | Top Critics (45)

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Full Review… | February 24, 2012
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

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… | October 31, 2007
Newsweek
Top Critic

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Full Review… | February 26, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
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 6, 2006
Salon.com
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 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Holofcener builds scenes around motifs that resonate marvelously.

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

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

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