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Friends with Money (2006) – His Review September 29, 2006

Posted by Jinx in Comedy, Drama, Movies.
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Ok ok, here's the pitch: Friends.. ok?.. with Money!Dir. Nicole Holofcener
Starring Jennifer Aniston, Frances McDormand, Joan Cusack, Catherine Keener etc.

Having seen the trailer a few months ago and liking it, I was apprehensive this would turn out a world of boring. It didn’t.

There’s not much of a storyline to jot down here, since Friends with Money is mostly about characters, and the dialogue between old friends and family. None of the women (or their respective hubbies) have their hearts on their sleeve, and it’s fun guesswork trying to figure out what they’re actually all about. Why is Olivia (Aniston) single and working as a maid? Why is Jane (McDormand) increasingly wound up and pissed off? Is it because her husband is gay? Is her husband actually gay? Etc etc.

As with quality TV-shows there needn’t be a non-stop thrillride of a story to keep you interested, as long as the writing is good. I wasn’t too surprised that it was well written, since the movie has Joan Cusack in it, who practically never does bad movies. It is an ensemble piece though, and everyone gets their spotlight and manage to use it well.

I mentioned TV-shows, and well yeah. It does have that feel, perhaps because Holofcener (writer/director) has done a little bit of TV. I’m not sure if she borrows from her experience there to make movies, or the reverse, but this movie could easily be serialized into a show. Not a real critique, but it struck me as something worth pointing out.

All in all – well written and played drama. Check out the trailer to see if it fits.

This is His review, you can read Her review here.

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