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Friends with Money (2006) – Her Review September 30, 2006

Posted by Eury in Comedy, Drama, Movies.
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Who says money doesn't buy happiness?

Dir. Nicole Holofcener

Starring Jennifer Aniston, Frances McDormand, Joan Cusack, Catherine Keener, Greg Germann, Simon McBurney, Jason Isaacs and Scott Caan

A peek into the lives of 4 women, 3 of whom are quite affluent and their not so fortunate friend who has a hard time making ends meet.

This movie doesn’t really tell a story, instead it makes us wonder why they are the way they are.

Warning: Spoilers Ahead

Franny (Joan Cusack) is the richest of the girls and drops money at the bat of an eye… 2 million for charity, no problem. Things are a little different, though, when Ovilia (Jennifer Aniston) asks her for $1800 to take courses. To me, Franny, is the girl that feels guilty at having so much money, she doesn’t want to look like she is wasteful or throws money around. Charity is a good cause, courses for Olivia to become a personal trainer that she doesn’t believe she ‘ll actually ever do, not so good.

Joan (Frances McDormand) is a clothing designer and has taken to having fits in public and has stopped washing her hair. Ironic, when you discover that her husband creates designer creams and shampoos. Matt (Simon McBurney) is her metrosexual counterpart who comes complete with a British accent; I found him quite adorable. He seems quite happy with his feminine side even though Joan’s friends whisper about him behind her back.

Christine (Catherine Keener) co-writes with her husband. They have all this bottled up frustration that starts to leak into the dialogue of their current writings. Once the words are on paper, though, there is no turning back… they’ve both spilled their beans and it’s just not going to work.

Olivia (Jennifer Aniston) is a mess. Scrounging to make ends meet, she works as a maid. She doesn’t seem to be able to get herself together and has no qualms about getting stepped over by everyone and anyone.

For the most part, I loved this movie. The acting was superb and there were many very funny moments. There was something that bothered me though. The film seemed to be telling us that money does solve all problems as it appears the couple with the most money, have not only a loving and intimate relationship.. but also are truly best of friends. On the other end of the spectrum is Olivia, who almost penniless, can’t seem to get it together. There was also the end of the movie, which left me thinking, ” What? …the ? … ? “

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

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