Movie Review: Friends with Money (2006)

Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Frances McDormand, Catherine Keener and Joan Cusack

Directed by: Nicole Holofcener

The story focusses on four best friends, three of which are wealthy and married with children and the other is Olivia (Jennifer Aniston) who is neither. She’s a maid who’s a little down on her luck in comparison to her friends in terms of wealth and luck with guys.

A little change of pace from the previous two movies I’ve watched, there wasn’t a mafia goon in sight. Friends with Money is a pretty decent drama with a nice amount of comedy running throughout to keep you engaged within the characters and their relationships. All 4 main actresses do a fine job expressing believable emotions within their performances, each of which deal with different problems over the course of the film. Frances McDormand certainly put in a better overall performance than the others though, she was the right amount of funny mixed with the right amoun of crazy. My main gripe with this movie is that there doesn’t seem to be any real plot or story, just 4 people dealing with problems that arise in their lives. I would say this type of story would be much better suited in the format of a TV show, where the audience can get to know more about each character, their back story and what the future holds. Each character perked my interest, but there just wasn’t enough of a plot to make this decent movie into a very good movie.

Overall, Friends with Money was worth watching, it didn’t waste my time, I was just expectant of a better plot. There’s wasn’t the traditional beginning, middle and end that most movies follow.


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