Money Buys Happiness (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

Money Buys Happiness (1999)

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In this drama from experimental filmmaker Gregg Lachow, a man named Money (Jeff Weatherford) and his wife Georgia (Megan Murphy) are looking for happiness, though neither seems sure just where to find it. While Money believes they should renounce all their material possessions to celebrate the new millennium, Georgia is disinterested and instead tries to make contact with a former lover named V. When a close friend of the couple commits suicide, they are given his piano, which they have to push 50 blocks back to their house. While Money tries to lug the piano back home, Georgia takes care of their son and goes off to work, where she records voice-overs for commercials and telephone announcements. In seemingly mundane events, we are shown how far Money and Georgia have drifted apart, and how little they care for one another. Money Buys Happiness received positive notices in its screening at the 1999 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival.
Rating:
R (for some language)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Special Interest
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Studio:
WigglyWorld Studios

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Cast

Megan Murphy
as Georgia
Michael Chick
as Vincent
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Critic Reviews for Money Buys Happiness

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

All in all, Money Buys Happiness shows that Lachow is a director worth keeping an eye on.

June 28, 2002
New York Post
Top Critic

Like watching an acting exercise in the rehearsal stages; this project feels as if it is still on its way to being realized.

June 27, 2002
New York Times
Top Critic

There are glimmers of good filmmaking in Money Buys Happiness, but the main characters are generally unlikeable.

Full Review… | June 28, 2002
Apollo Guide

Neither too surreal nor too self-involved, the film leavens its obvious symbolism with quirky digressions and a sharp appreciation of all the troublesome details of a troubled marriage.

June 27, 2002
TV Guide

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