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Mad Money (2008)

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Three female employees of the Federal Reserve plot to steal money that is about to be destroyed.

Director:

Callie Khouri

Writers:

Glenn Gers (screenplay), John Mister (earlier screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Keaton ... Bridget Cardigan
Ted Danson ... Don Cardigan
Katie Holmes ... Jackie Truman
Adam Rothenberg ... Bob Truman
Queen Latifah ... Nina Brewster
Peyton 'Alex' Smith Peyton 'Alex' Smith ... Older Dante (as Peyton Smith)
Charlie Caldwell Charlie Caldwell ... Cop #1
Richard F Law ... Cop #2 (as Richard Law)
Meagen Fay ... Mindy Arbogast
Christopher McDonald ... Bryce Arbogast (as Chris McDonald)
Denise Lee ... Counselor
Sylvia Castro Galan Sylvia Castro Galan ... Selina
Morgana Shaw ... Molly
Roger Cross ... Barry
Stephen Root ... Glover
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Storyline

Don and Bridget Cardigan's upper middle class lifestyle is threatened since Don, who has been out of work for a year, seems to have given up looking for a job, and housewife Bridget has been out of the workforce for most of her life. They are close to $300,000 in debt. Finding out this information, Bridget comes to the conclusion that she needs to get a job - any job - that at least provides them with some benefits. She reluctantly takes a job as a janitor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Almost immediately, Bridget is enthralled with all the old worn out money that is being shredded. She comes up with a plan to get her old lifestyle back by stealing much of that money, which she believes is an easy job since the locks used on the money carts are standard equipment and as she notices that no one ever checks the garbage as she goes about her work. Her plan needs the cooperation of one person who works the shredder and one person who pushes the carts of money. The two people ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Taking the money was easy. Getting away with it would be harder than they ever imagined. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual material and language, and brief drug references | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Locas por el dinero See more »

Filming Locations:

Shreveport, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,273,645, 20 January 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$20,668,843, 18 May 2008
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Katie Holmes turned down the chance to reprise her role as Rachel Dawes in Batman Begins (2005) sequel The Dark Knight (2008) to star in this film. Maggie Gyllenhaal was subsequently chosen to replace her. See more »

Goofs

After finding out her house will be sold, Bridget walks into the study room, where Don is lying on the sofa. The patterned pillow moves between shots. See more »

Quotes

Nina Brewster: I'm a single mother, if anything happens, I lose my kids.
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Designated Stand-in Jonnee Winkler See more »

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References Spartacus (1960) See more »

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Been on the Bayou
Written by Marc Bonilla, Michael Mason and Martin Davich (as Martin Davich)
Performed by Font 48
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Blew away my expectations
1 June 2008 | by Dragoneyed363See all my reviews

While I really love Diane Keaton and Queen Latifah, I was not particularly excited about Mad Money. It looked really mediocre, and though I was expecting to be entertained, I was not expecting it to be as fun and interesting as it ended up being. It is a really underrated and funny movie that is an all around great time from beginning to end that I am glad I had the chance of seeing.

While the movie is not exceedingly hilarious, it has it's shining moments of brilliance from the wonderful cast. All the actors and actresses pull off the characters perfectly, giving the film a lovable and bubbly atmosphere. It's extremely interesting too. I could never look away, because I was so interested in the plot; they set everything up really well and the movie was nicely paced with some fun and surprising twists and turns that keep the viewer on edge.

Like I said, easily the best thing about this movie is it's performances which ultimately make the only decent movie otherwise more than decent and highly rewatchable, and the cast pull off the material that could be seen as poor amazingly and overall make the movie worth the while. I enjoyed it highly, and like I said, I wish more people would see it and not be so critical on it. It is entertainment at it's most charming, even if it is not a masterpiece.


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