Friends With Money

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Genre: Comedies
Director: Nicole Holofcener - Director/Screenwriter
Theatrical Release: 2006
Rated: R (MPAA)
Length: 88 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Format: DVD
Language: English

Nicole Holofcener's first two films, 1996's WALKING & TALKING and 2001's LOVELY & AMAZING, were intelligent looks at modern-day relationships between friends and family. Continuing her one-movie-every-five-years schedule, 2006's FRIENDS WITH MONEY follows that tradition of smart screenwriting, excellent acting, and careful direction. FRIENDS WITH MONEY focuses on four female friends examining their relationships with their significant others and themselves--and not always liking what they see. Frances McDormand stars as Jane, a successful dress designer who has taken to wild public outbursts, stops washing her hair, and is married to a kind man who might be gay (Simon McBurney). Joan Cusack is Franny, a multimillionaire who appears to have the perfect life with her husband (Greg Germann) and kids. Catherine Keener plays Christine, who is building her dream house and writing a screenplay with her husband (Jason Isaacs) as their life together is crumbling. And the youngest of the foursome, Olivia (Jennifer Aniston), is a pot-smoking ne'er-do-well who works as a maid, stalks her ex-lover, and has a thing about not paying for certain high-end cosmetics. As they prepare to attend a major fundraiser for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), they all take stock of their lives, reaching some very difficult conclusions. Holofcener has again created the kind of fascinating, complex characters, insightful and believable dialogue, and wholly realistic situations, crafting an adult look at life and love in the 21st century.;

Language Usage   Original
Release Language   English
Color   Color
HiFi Sound   N
Surround Sound   N
Digital Sound   N
Stereo Sound   N
CXEncoding   N
AC3Sound   N
THXSound   N
DTSStereo   N
Unedited Version   N
Collector's Edition   N
Director's Cut   N
Closed Captioned   Y
Letterboxed   N
Extra Info   Widescreen/Full Frame Edition
Rating Reason   language, some sexual content and brief drug use
Joan Cusack - American actress, WORKING GIRL (1988)
Hallie Foote - American Actress
Catherine Keener - Actress
Frances McDormand - American Actress
Jennifer Aniston - American Actress, FRIENDS
Scott Caan - American Actor/Son Of James
Jason Isaacs - Actor/"Solitaire For Two"
Nicole Holofcener - Director/Screenwriter
Nicole Holofcener - Director/Screenwriter
Rickie Lee Jones - AMERICAN POP SINGER
Greg Germann - Actor
Simon McBurney - AMERICAN SUPPORTING ACTOR
Robert Frazen - Editor, FRIENDS WITH MONEY (2006)
Anthony Bregman - Producer
Terry Stacey - director of photography, SPRING FORWARD
Craig Richey - Composer, LOVELY AND AMAZING (2002)
Michael Wilkinson - Costume Designer, JUST ANOTHER STORY
Movieline's Hollywood Life
03/01/2006
"Holofcenter has a sharp eye for the oddities in contemporary relationships, and there are many funny, observant moments in this Los Angeles roundelay."
Rolling Stone
04/20/2006
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Smart, witty and alert....The film is a field day for actresses. And their teamwork is a thing of beauty....It touches a nerve."
Entertainment Weekly
04/14/2006
"There is, indeed, a discernible clarity to the actual filmmaking here, and an attractive feminine wit evident in the artistry." -- Grade: B
New York Times
04/07/2006
"[G]reatly appealing....Ms. Holofcener writes wonderful, recognizably real characters..."
Los Angeles Times
04/07/2006
"[P]iercingly observed, achingly perceptive....FRIENDS blends empathy and a great sense of comic timing with the richness of Holofcener's trademark take-no-prisoners observations..."
Premiere
05/01/2006
3 stars out of 4 -- "FRIENDS is well-crafted, intelligent, genuinely adult fare."
USA Today
04/07/2006
"The film is likable, with some funny moments and recognizable human conflicts....Sharply observed and cleverly written..."
Total Film
07/01/2006
4 stars out of 5 -- "Holofcenter refuses to judge her characters, letting us decide for ourselves which of her impeccable ensemble deserves our attention and sympathy."
Sight and Sound
07/01/2006
"[T]he performances are engaging, and the dialogue has precision and verve..."

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