Friends With Money(2006)
"This delicious, serio-comic tale of four women friends in affluent, liberal, West LA grappling with midlife crises, metrosexual spouses and household remodeling takes on an avoided subject: money, and how it affects our relationships. Rich Joan Cusack, successful but angry fashion designer Frances McDormand, unhappily married screenwriter Catherine Keener and pot-smoking housecleaner Jennifer Aniston (the only one without bread, or a husband) are characters we come to know intimately" [Newsweek].
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The wonderfully cast actresses refuse to allow the four women to fall into type characters, delivering a refreshing sincerity and genuineness that redeems them of their flaws. These women have been friends so long that sometimes they wonder how they came together in the first place. Yet it is these differences that provide the support and humour to keep them going.
With a similar tone to recent relationship dramas, (The Break-up, Shopgirl), we witness the truth about life and love, and where it?s headed after the first dates and honeymoons. The strength of the film lies in Aniston?s delivery of her character, Olivia - proving yet again there?s more to this girl than Rachel Green of Friends fame. Unlike her close friends, Olivia, is without money, a free-spirited thirty something reluctant to settle down, or unable – Olivia’s singledom is not a life choice but rather a case of not finding the right man, which in some ways cuts her character short of the independence she implies. However, Olivia is amusing, and despite her constant procrastination and whimsiness, remains hopeful.
The film is a touching and amusing study of contemporary life, love and money and the consequent stress, heartache and exhaustion that come along for the ride.
[Reviewed by Selina Foote]