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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 financialFriends 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. Holofcener writes with an ear for the rhythms and ridiculousness of real life, and her cast - to a man, and woman - embraces her words with subtlety and certitude. Friends With Money is gimmickless, and great.
  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. Smart, patient and ruefully funny... Yet because the film never digs too far into any single person's world, it doesn't build toward much.
  5. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    70
    Holofcener gets the milieu beguilingly right, but the abrupt ending leaves you wanting more.
  6. 60
    As its title jokingly implies, this is a more grown-up version of Aniston's long- running TV vehicle--complete with the star herself as eternal ingenue.
  7. 50
    Nothing much happens here, and even less is resolved. You could make an argument that that's how life is, unresolved, but as a film, it makes for frustrating viewing, particularly when plot threads with the potential to bust open the story are left hanging.

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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 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 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 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 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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