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  • Summary: Friends With Money examines the shifting relationships between four women who have been friends all of their adult lives. Now as they settle into their early middle age, their friendship is increasingly challenged by the ever-growing disparity in their individual degrees of financial comfort. It is a poignant snapshot of the way we live today, where the safe divisions that class and money have created are eroding under the unstoppable force of everyday life and the result is a painfully hilarious examination of modern life that manages to be both brutally honest and ultimately uplifting. (Sony Pictures Classics) Expand
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  1. Positive: 26 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. 91
    Holofcener possesses a genius for creating exquisitely realized characters who seem to have led full, rich, complicated lives before the film's first scene takes place, and will go on living complex, idiosyncratic existences long after they disappear from the screen. Of course, it doesn't hurt that she has four of the best actresses in Hollywood as the leads, especially Keener.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    88
    For a film that feels so breezy on the surface, it's a surprisingly complex character study.
  3. Holofcener's new film is extraordinary: it engages us from beginning to end without strong narrative, or narratives. It lives through the quality of Holofcener's dialogue and the performances that she has drawn from her actors.
  4. In her third feature Nicole Holofcener leapfrogs between characters with wit and grace, gathering them in various clusters and adroitly showing how money or the lack thereof really does inflect their lives and interactions.
  5. 70
    If Friends With Money is about the meaning of success in a town obsessed with wealth, it is also, more universally, about our defining incompleteness, and the sad, uproarious inconclusiveness of life.
  6. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    60
    Friends With Money doesn't quite snap into focus. It just floats along-an agreeable comedy of manners with actors you like to hang out with.
  7. 50
    The trouble with Holofcener's scheme is that the center of the movie is dead. Olivia has no drives or hopes or powerful regrets. She has nothing to say, and Aniston does most of her acting with her lower lip.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 36
  2. Negative: 10 out of 36
  1. ThomasW.
    Jul 21, 2006
    10
    This movie is awesome!
  2. PaulaL.
    Apr 23, 2006
    9
    I thought this story took a wonderful look at the friendships between each of the characters. By far this is Nicole Holofcener's best film yet.
  3. DarylS.
    Sep 3, 2006
    8
    Yep it's not all nicely resolved at the end. I wanted to know more. And I fugre that, if I'm left feeling that way at the end of a movie, then it hasn't been at all bad. Expand
  4. RJones
    Apr 14, 2006
    5
    Ah, the problems of rich people. Seriously, this was like a Hallmark movie with better production values. It was shot well, framed well, the acting's strong and the characters were likeable...but it was like a big piece of fluff. You call those problems? Hell, I'd trade places with ANY of those women, right now. BTW, Jennifer Aniston dating an overweight slob...a nice thought, but still phony. Expand
  5. CherylC.
    May 14, 2006
    4
    Life in L.A. could be life on another planet. Or maybe just a depressing depiction of life in America today. Unappealing and a waste of wonderful talent. Expand
  6. RoyS.
    Dec 15, 2006
    3
    A boring waste of actors' talent and viewers' time. The film is dismal and incoherent.
  7. TomM.
    May 8, 2006
    0
    The worst film of the year. Characters that are boring, dialogue that is boring. What can I say, it is boring. Thank the movie gods that it was only 88 minutes. Expand

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