Four Female Friends in their Forties
Friends with Money
Review by Ross Anthony

This is one of the most honest films I've seen in a while. It portrays four female friends in their forties and their interactions not only among themselves but also with their husbands (and/or boyfriends). The banter between spouses doesn't only ring true, but also entertains. Some, but not all, of the friends enjoy large bank accounts. This offers up yet another interesting dimension into the mix.

All four story lines compel. The filmmakers are quite successful at winning us over as an audience. We care about these people. We feel we are with them at dinner or at lunch or in the car chatting. The scripting/dialogue is top notch. And the direction as well. The cast is sensational, so it's no surprise that the acting is perfect.

Eventually, it's Jennifer Aniston's character's struggle to find a place in the world that becomes an indirect focus for this production. And while the film's emotive arc is quite faint, (it's much more of a slice of life piece), it climaxes with an ever so subtle resolution with that character.

In its honesty, and its excellent dialogue, and ability to endear us to faulted people this film reminded me of Sideways. I liked it very much, just would have liked a little more impact in the message department.

This film screened at a Laemmle Theatre.

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  • Friends with Money. Copyright © 2006.
  • Starring Jennifer Aniston, Catherine Keener, Frances McDormand, Joan Cusack, Simon McBurney, Jason Isaaacs, Scott Caan, Greg Germann, Ty Burrell, Bob Stephenson.
  • Directed by Nicole Holofcener.
  • Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener.
  • Produced by Anthony Bregman at Sony pics/This is That.

Grade..........................A- (3/4)


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