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Friends with Money (2006)

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After she quits her lucrative job, Olivia finds herself unsure about her future and her relationships with her successful and wealthy friends.

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Nicole Holofcener
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Keener ... Christine
Jason Isaacs ... David
Timm Sharp ... Richard
Joan Cusack ... Franny
Greg Germann ... Matt
Hailey Noelle Johnson ... Tammy
Simon McBurney ... Aaron
Frances McDormand ... Jane
Jake Cherry ... Wyatt
Jennifer Aniston ... Olivia
Bob Stephenson ... Marty
Marin Hinkle ... Maya
Scott Caan ... Mike
Troy Ruptash ... Brad
Elizabeth Keener ... Lancome Saleswoman
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Storyline

Four women friends: three are wealthy and married plus there's Olivia, a former teacher who's now a maid. The marriages are in various states of health: Franny and Matt are happy and very rich. Christine and David write screenplays together, are remodeling their house, and argue. Jane is angry all the time and Aaron, who's an attentive husband, strikes everyone as gay. Franny sets up Olivia with a friend of hers, Mike, a personal trainer, and Olivia takes him with her to a couple of housecleaning jobs. A benefit dinner for ALS, an awkward guy named Marty whose place Olivia cleans, and a French maid's outfit figure in the story. Is there more to life than its problems? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amigos con dinero See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$589,332, 9 April 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,367,101, 13 August 2006
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This Is That Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Filming took place in Los Angeles during one of the rainiest winters ever in that city. See more »

Goofs

When Jane and Olivia start walking away from the orange stand at the farmer's market, a steadicam operator appears to fall into shot. It is a man with a large belt, plus what looks like camera equipment, visible on the right hand side of the scene. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Richard: So the corrugated metal not only reflects the beauty of the common, off-the-shelf material but also emphasizes the invisible line between the old and the new construction.
Christine: Wait. There'll be a line?
Richard: It's invisible.
David: Just let him finish.
Christine: Oh, sorry.
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Connections

References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

World Spins Madly On
Written by Deb Talan and Steve Tannen
Performed by The Weepies
Published by Deb Talan (ASCAP) and Steve Tannen (BMI)
Courtesy of The Weepies
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Underrated and very watchable
19 June 2007 | by Thomas-White2See all my reviews

I watched this again on DVD, having seen it when it first came out in theaters. I ran to see it, and not just because it had three of my favorite actresses in it. In fact, I had some doubts because it had Jennifer Aniston in it, whom I had never been impressed with (not a fan of Friends at all). But this movie changed my mind about her, and I really enjoyed it.

I do tend to like this kind of film, which some people would probably term a "chick movie". I don't think it is, though. I think it's a people movie. But even that's too much for some people, probably the kind of guy who wouldn't sit right next to another guy in a theater because people might think they're gay. And, no, I'm not gay, just emotional and sensitive.

Still, I liked it more than I expected. Sometimes movies can be a little too girl-y for me, but this one was really about ALL the people involved, although the main connections were between the four women who are the leads. All friends, one of them has not done as well financially as the rest, but it's not only on her story that the plot of the movie turns. All four are going through some sort of issue in their lives, and there is some resolution with all of them, not all of equal import. And none of it is complete; there is no easy wrapping up here of any one story line. You do leave wondering what will happen with each of the characters, with the sense that life is going on beyond the final fadeout. I really liked that about the film.

As a not-too-well-off person living not-too-far-away from the affluent area of Los Angeles this is set in, I usually don't feel comfortable watching movies about people who have a lot of money and don't seem aware of the rest of us. These people share the view that they coexist in the world with a lot of other people who are not as well off; they're sensitive to the dilemmas of others, and are grateful that they (so far) are leading privileged lives. Even the most wealthy of them is a real human being, has issues, is far from perfect. This is a real-life view of Los Angeles people who are living real lives. I highly recommend it to anyone who themselves has a real life.


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