Friends with Money

Friends with Money

2.3 6
Director: Nicole Holofcener

Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Joan Cusack, Catherine Keener

     
 

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… See more details below

Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Making the most of an ensemble cast featuring four of Hollywood’s strongest female actors, Friends with Money trains an eye on a couple of America’s favorite obsessions: social status and personal relationships. Although the most recognized of the distinguished cast, Jennifer Aniston shares an equal role. As Olivia, a depressed underachiever working as a housekeeper while preoccupied with the loss of her former lover, Aniston successfully uses understatement rather than cuteness and overt charm to capture our attention and empathy. Olivia’s pals try to help her out in various ways, but they have their own problems to deal with. Successful screenwriter Christine (Catherine Keener) is drifting away from her husband and partner (Jason Isaacs); fashion designer Jane (Frances McDormand) is being consumed by unaccountable rage; and wealthy housewife Fran (Joan Cusack)…well, Fran’s biggest problem seems to be finding the appropriate dress to wear to a charity ball. Writer-director Nicole Holofcener creates compelling female characters with seeming ease, which is obvious to anyone familiar with her exceptional earlier films, Walking and Talking and Lovely and Amazing, as well as her work on such TV series as Sex and the Cityand Gilmore Girls. She doesn’t shortchange her male actors, though. Among the most interesting subplots is the budding friendship between McDormand’s long-suffering spouse (Simon McBurney) and a man he meets shopping -- both of whom share an ambiguous sexual identity. Satisfying if slight, Friends with Money is a triumph for its creator and actors, particularly Aniston, who has learned to register more by projecting less.
All Movie Guide
It's a tribute to writer-director Nicole Holofcener that she can take characters with various levels of emotional instability, submit them to vaguely whimsical episodes that are also vaguely depressing, and still turn the clever trick of leaving her audience feeling sunny and upbeat. Such is the case in Friends With Money, as Holofcener gathers a quartet of actresses with natural chemistry (Jennifer Aniston, Frances McDormand, Catherine Keener, and Joan Cusack) and provides a 90-minute window into the lives of the characters they play. Because it's not a lot more than that, the film fits well into Holofcener's body of work, which has taken something of a drive-by approach to examining contemporary women involved in a crisis of self-worth, both within and outside their romantic relationships. She reaches no conclusions almost by design, resolving some story threads, and leaving others flapping in the wind. Friends With Money may leave that impression to an even greater extent than Walking and Talking and Lovely & Amazing, as Holofcener bungles the ending, abruptly rolling the credits right at a moment of melancholy catharsis, when the pacing suggests there should be a scene or two more. But until then it's quite light on its feet, absurd in the way real life is absurd, and always believable. Aniston's character embodies Holofcener's themes most literally, having quit teaching when she grew tired of her spoiled rich students financially humiliating her, then watching as even the value of her maid service is bartered and subdivided by two different men. But one of those conclusions Holofcener refuses to reach is that men are at fault for the problems of these women, who are plenty good at making their own trouble. Friends With Money is a minor relationship dramedy whose everyday smallness of scope is its entire point.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/29/2006
UPC:
0043396150881
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:28:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Behind-the-scenes featurette; Sundance featurette; Los Angeles premiere featurette; Audio commentary with writer/director Nicole Holofcener and producer Anthony Bregman

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jennifer Aniston Olivia
Joan Cusack Franny
Catherine Keener Christine
Frances McDormand Jane
Jason Isaacs David
Scott Caan Mike
Simon McBurney Aaron
Bob Stephenson Matt
Greg Germann Matt
Ty Burrell Other Aaron
Bob Stephenson Marty
Timm Sharp Richard
Hailey 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 Flirtacious Waiter
Jane Elizabeth Mendez Deli Woman
Kristen Minter Oblivious Mom
Bobby Coleman Marcus
Tonita Castro Teresa
Lleen Getz Maria
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

Technical Credits
Nicole Holofcener Director,Screenwriter
Amy B. Ancona Production Designer
Ray Angelic Executive Producer
Anthony Bregman Producer
Anne Carey Executive Producer
Stephen H. Carter Art Director
Joe Collins Camera Operator
Pud Cusack Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Frazen Editor
Ted Hope Executive Producer
Rickie Lee Jones Score Composer
Maria Mantia Asst. Director
Jeanne McCarthy Casting
Tracy McKnight Musical Direction/Supervision
Danny Moder Camera Operator
Craig Richey Score Composer
Drew Ann Rosenberg Asst. Director
Victoria Ruskin Art Director
John Skotchdopole Camera Operator
Terry Stacey Cinematographer
Michael Wilkinson Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Friends with Money
1. Titles/Neighbors Could Get Upset
2. What to Do With Our Money
3. Olivia
4. "Can't Take You Anywhere"
5. Fix You Up With Olivia
6. "You're Bullying Me"
7. Samples and Stalking
8. "Please Don't Stare"
9. I'd Want You to Tell Me
10. Olivia and Guys
11. Start of a...?
12. Asking for Money
13. What's Wrong With Me
14. Stupid Ugly Faces
15. Friendship Grows
16. Jane's in the Hospital
17. Making the World an Uglier Place
18. Christmas Presents
19. Eyesore
20. Bad Behavior
21. Marty
22. Old Friends
23. New Friends
24. "No More Wondering"
25. "It Only Takes One"
26. $1,000 a Plate
27. The Long Ride Home
28. Pretty Depressing Bunch
1. Titles/Neighbors Could Get Upset
2. What to Do With Our Money
3. Olivia
4. "Can't Take You Anywhere"
5. Fix You Up With Olivia
6. "You're Bullying Me"
7. Samples and Stalking
8. "Please Don't Stare"
9. I'd Want You to Tell Me
10. Olivia and Guys
11. Start of a...?
12. Asking for Money
13. What's Wrong With Me
14. Stupid Ugly Faces
15. Friendship Grows
16. Jane's in the Hospital
17. Making the World an Uglier Place
18. Christmas Presents
19. Eyesore
20. Bad Behavior
21. Marty
22. Old Friends
23. New Friends
24. "No More Wondering"
25. "It Only Takes One"
26. $1,000 a Plate
27. The Long Ride Home
28. Pretty Depressing Bunch

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