Mad Money

Mad Money

4.8 5
Director: Callie Khouri

Cast: Callie Khouri, Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, Katie Holmes

     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

A woman who was used to the finer things in life is suddenly thrust back into the work force after her husband gets downsized in writer/director Callie Khouri's (Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood) American adaptation of the hit British comedy Hot Money. Faced withSee more details below

Overview

A woman who was used to the finer things in life is suddenly thrust back into the work force after her husband gets downsized in writer/director Callie Khouri's (Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood) American adaptation of the hit British comedy Hot Money. Faced with the prospect of losing her home as her debt begins to mount, posh housewife Bridget (Diane Keaton) accepts a job on the midnight cleaning crew at a local branch of the Federal Reserve Bank. When the growing temptation of the cash that surrounds her night after night ultimately proves too powerful to resist, Bridget teams with two of the other cleaners for a criminal exercise in creative moneymaking. Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes co-star in a crime comedy inspired by actual events.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Mad Money is a lot more fun than it has any right to be. For this we can thank the cast, for its surprising comic compatibility, and the writing, for concocting a scam that's both clever and plausible. It helps this plausibility that the film is based on a British hit (Hot Money), which itself was inspired by real events. But director Callie Khouri and screenwriter Glenn Gers deserve credit for adapting the story to the American Federal Reserve, showing how three determined conspirators could hatch a plan to "liberate" retired currency before it reaches the shredder. Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, and Katie Holmes might seem like a random selection of stars for these roles, but that's the point -- in order to fly under the radar of the Reserve's military-level security, they must seem like people who wouldn't know each other. These three develop a motley chemistry that propels the movie through some funny set pieces. In addition to functioning as a madcap caper comedy, Mad Money also works as a snapshot of corporate America in the late 2000s. Ted Danson has a funny supporting role as a formerly rich businessman, whose downsizing has left him and his wife (Keaton) with an unsupportable lifestyle. This is what prompts her to take, of all things, a janitorial job at the Reserve, in a paradoxical attempt to remain upper-class. Perhaps inevitably, Mad Money runs out of steam and goes off the rails in its third act. Morally upright characters begin casually selling out their values, and one turn of events invalidates the film's running narrative device, which features various conspirators confessing the sordid details during prison interviews. But the fact that Mad Money is even two-thirds of a good movie is more than the trailers prepared us to expect.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/13/2008
UPC:
0013138000095
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Colorized]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
25,895

Special Features

Commentary by Director Callie Khouri; Makin' Money" Behind the scenes of Mad Money; Theatrical trailer; ; Closed Caption

Related Subjects

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Diane Keaton Bridget Cardigan
Queen Latifah Nina Brewster
Katie Holmes Jackie Truman
Ted Danson Don Cardigan
Stephen Root Glover
Christopher McDonald Bryce Arbogast
Adam Rothenberg Bob Truman
Roger R. Cross Barry
Finesse Mitchell Actor
Meagen Fay Actor
J.C. MacKenzie Actor

Technical Credits
Callie Khouri Director,Producer
James Acheson Producer
John Bailey Cinematographer
Wendy Greene Bricmont Editor
Budd Carr Musical Direction/Supervision
Jay Cohen Producer
Martin Davich Score Composer
Boaz Davidson Executive Producer
Susie de Santo Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Demartini Producer
Brent DeSanto Production Designer
Danny Dimbort Executive Producer
Nora Felder Musical Direction/Supervision
Michael P. Flannigan Executive Producer
Glenn Gers Screenwriter
Robert O. Green Executive Producer
Kevin Hardison Art Director
Goldie Hawn Producer
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Wendy Kram Executive Producer
Avi Lerner Executive Producer
Junie Lowry-Johnson Casting
Trevor Short Executive Producer
Brent Thomas Production Designer

Read More

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mad Money
1. Main Title/ "Crime Is Contagious" [8:49]
2. The Federal Reserve [4:15]
3. Lure Of Consumerism [6:46]
4. Partners In Crime [6:15]
5. Go-Codes & Bad Feelings [6:45]
6. Without A Hitch [8:34]
7. Rolling In The Green [10:17]
8. Down The Drain [7:06]
9. The Fourth Partner [10:05]
10. "The Perfect Money Machine" [3:28]
11. Casting Suspicions [4:26]
12. Unraveling At The Seams [4:28]
13. Apprehended [7:30]
14. Lack Of Evidence [5:22]
15. Mad Money [3:08]
16. End Credits [6:32]

Read More

Videos

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >