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Friends With Money (19-Jan-2006)

Director: Nicole Holofcener

Writer: Nicole Holofcener

Original Score by: Craig Richey

Producer: Anthony Bregman

Keywords: Romantic Comedy, Gay, Divorce, Los Angeles

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Jennifer Aniston
11-Feb-1969   Rachel on Friends
Ty Burrell
22-Aug-1967   Phil Dunphy on Modern Family
Scott Caan
23-Aug-1976   Hawaii Five-O
Joan Cusack
11-Oct-1962   Grosse Pointe Blank
Greg Germann
26-Feb-1958   Richard Fish on Ally McBeal
Marin Hinkle
23-Mar-1966   Judy Brooks on Once and Again
Jason Isaacs
6-Jun-1963   Black Hawk Down
Catherine Keener
23-Mar-1959   Maxine in Being John Malkovich
Frances McDormand
23-Jun-1957   Fargo and Wonder Boys
Maulik Pancholy
18-Jan-1974   Jonathan on 30 Rock


Jennifer Aniston   ...   Olivia
Joan Cusack   ...   Franny
Catherine Keener   ...   Christine
Frances McDormand   ...   Jane
Jason Isaacs   ...   David
Scott Caan   ...   Mike
Simon McBurney   ...   Aaron
Greg Germann   ...   Matt
Ty Burrell   ...   Other Aaron
Bob Stephenson   ...   Marty
Timm Sharp   ...   Richard
Hailey Noelle Johnson   ...   Tammy
Jake Cherry   ...   Wyatt
Marin Hinkle   ...   Maya
Troy Ruptash   ...   Brad
Elizabeth Keener   ...   Lancome Saleswoman
John Srednicki   ...   Lancome Salesman
Mitch Rouse   ...   Raymond
Christine Mourad   ...   Edie
Jenn Fee   ...   Debbie Lazarus
Max Burkholder   ...   Max
Alejandra Flores   ...   Maria
Maulik Pancholy   ...   Flirtatious Waiter
Jane Elizabeth Mendez   ...   Deli Woman
Kristin Minter   ...   Oblivious Mom
Bobby Coleman   ...   Marcus
Tonita Castro   ...   Teresa
Ileen Getz   ...   Marla
Reggie Austin   ...   Old Navy Shopper
Yafit Hallely   ...   Old Navy Shopper
Michael Lawson   ...   Old Navy Employee
Wade Allain-Marcus   ...   Old Navy Manager
Fernando Nieto   ...   Construction Worker
Romy Rosemont   ...   Gretchen
K. C. Clyde   ...   Waiter
Wendy Phillips   ...   Fundraiser Host
Will Keenan   ...   Man
Hallie Foote   ...   Woman


Review by anonymous (posted on 15-Apr-2006)

A film about relationships that all adults can enjoy, relate to and chew over. Often laugh out loud funny, whilst simultaneously depicting those dramatic human interactions that bring your own conflicting emotions to the surface. Nicole Holofcener (Walking and Talking, Lovely and Amazing) writes superb dialogue and directs the ensemble cast with accomplished focus. The film steps into the lives of the four women in their everyday situation, with no back-story we are voyeurs into this snapshot moment; Who has money, Who has a good marriage/ career/life, Where are the characters in their lives? The couple with most money, Franny/Matt (Joan Cusack/Greg Germann) seem the most happy and fulfilled. Our experience of their life's journey appears practically seamless, whereas Christine and David (Catherine Keener and Jason Isaacs) are financially comfortable, but not with each other, living in a cold, angry place. Trying to work together as a screen writing team, but at this point clearly on opposite sides of the playing field and using the extension of their house as an attempt at rescuing a relationship too far gone. Similarly financially comfortable Jane (Frances McDormand) is going through an emotional, depressive, sometimes almost psychotic midlife crisis, portraying cringingly funny moments that we all recognize. Husband Aaron (Simon McBurney) is sympathetic to her loss of confidence, but needs nurturing of his own. His complex portrayal of questionable sexuality and tentative exploration outside of his marriage is exquisite. All three couples look at their younger friend Olivia (Jennifer Aniston) and judge themselves further along in their life's journey, both in the size of their bank accounts and their relationship status, i.e., married. Olivia has given up her teaching job, habitually calls her ex and gives him the silent treatment, smokes pot at bedtime and haunts the malls for freebie cosmetic samples. To make ends meet she works as a maid cleaning houses, while her non-existent self esteem functions to bring her into humiliating relationships with men. Jen's portrayal is subtle enough to be convincing. She gives in to others even though she recognizes that it is demeaning her and this draws the audience to her character. In one of the funniest moments of the film Olivia smears $75 face cream onto her feet as if saying 'So there!' to the world. Ultimately, the feel good ending for Olivia at the end of the film feels right. Nicole Holofcener elicits interest and empathy for her characters, with an intellectually stimulating exploration of the topic of money and relationships. The subtle content leaves the audience feeling enriched, but wanting more. This is a film you may want to see more than once to truly appreciate the many different levels on which the characters operate. The amount of laughter the first time round often masks the deeper levels in which the scenes and proponents engage - a must see for grown ups.

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