Friends With Money

2006

Friends With Money

Critics Consensus

Strong lead performances, witty dialogue and wry observations cement Friends With Money as another winning dramedy from writer/director Nicole Holofcener.

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A single woman envies the security of her married friends, while they in turn dream of her freedom in this comedy drama. Olivia (Jennifer Aniston) is a single woman in her mid-thirties who feels she's reached a crossroads in her life. Unhappy with her career as a teacher, Olivia quits and takes a job as a maid until she sorts out her feelings. However, Olivia feels as if she could use some support, both personal and financial, from her best friends, all of whom at very least have more in the bank than she does. But that's not to say they don't have problems of their own. Christine (Catherine Keener) and her husband Patrick (Jason Isaacs) are screenwriters who have discovered that collaborating is more stress than they can deal with. Jane (Frances McDormand) is married to Aaron (Simon McBurney); they work together as designers, but while their professional relationship is cordial, they've become numb to one another as lovers and friends. And Franny (Joan Cusack) and Matt (Greg Germann) are a couple who comfortably support themselves and their children thanks to an inherited fortune; while their material needs are met, emotionally they can barely handle marriage and parenthood. Friends With Money was written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, who previously made the acclaimed independent features Walking and Talking and Lovely & Amazing.

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Critic Reviews for Friends With Money

All Critics (154) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (111) | Rotten (43)

  • This delicious, seriocomic tale of four friends in affluent, liberal, west L.A. grappling with midlife crises, metrosexual spouses and household remodeling takes on an avoided subject: money, and how it affects our relationships.

    Nov 1, 2007 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
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  • This is a dense and sophisticated work about mortality, materialism, madness, jealousy and pity a movie in which the fabulous duds are ripped off the "Sex and the City" gals and they're left teetering on the edge of the abyss...

    Oct 7, 2006
  • In a low-key way, it's a very fine performance. Poker-faced Aniston may be, but everything Olivia needs to say is right there in her eyes.

    Sep 1, 2006 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • An exasperatingly awful performance from Jennifer Aniston puts the tin lid on this humourless and self-pitying ensemble comedy.

    May 27, 2006 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • As a creator of characters, Holofcener has strong instincts for emblematic situations and telling habits, yet she takes a reticent approach to development -- she observes her subjects closely, but doesn't necessarily interpret.

    May 25, 2006 | Full Review…
  • It's a shame the film ends so unconvincingly, but Friends With Money is still rich in insights.

    May 16, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Friends With Money

  • Jun 03, 2015
    Nicole Holofcener comes outta nowhere and delivers an astounding insight into American hopes and dreams that's breathtaking. A chick flick that's better than any chick flick I've ever seen. Don't let this one past you by. Great performances all around. No CGI though. Even better.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 29, 2012
    One of those "seems so real you feel like a voyeur" flicks. I had a hard time believing Jennifer Aniston as a sad sack, but the rest of the cast was solid.
    Julie B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2011
    It was ok. Nothing really that special or outstanding. Dissapointing since I love Jennifer Aniston.
    Bethany M Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2011
    Friends With Money has much more of a bite than other Holofcener films, it's sort of a nice remix on her themes. But it also makes me a little bit depressed.
    Jennifer X Super Reviewer

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