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  • Summary: Bridget Cardigan is forced to get a job as a janitor at the Federal Reserve Bank after her corporate husband is downsized from his job. The one-time suburban mom soon discovers she has more in common with her new co-workers than she thought. She forges an unexpected bond with Nina, a hard-working single mom with two kids, and Jackie, an exuberant free spirit with nothing to lose. Caught up in a system that underestimates their talents and keeps their dreams just out of reach, Bridget, Nina and Jackie set out to even the score. After a lifetime of playing by the rules, the three devise a plan to smuggle soon-to-be destroyed currency out of the supposedly airtight Reserve. As the unlikely crime syndicate amasses piles of cash, it looks like they have pulled off the perfect crime—until a minor misstep alerts the authorities. With more money than they know what to do with, the women are pushed to the limits of their ingenuity to stay one step ahead of the law. (Overture Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 31
  2. Negative: 7 out of 31
  1. Latifah coasts on grit and verve, and Holmes has a goggle-eyed sweetness, but it's Keaton who rules.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    While it's all so breezy and zippy and girl-power peppy, it's Keaton who makes Mad Money worth a few bucks.
  3. In the breezy, amoral heist comedy Mad Money, “Fun With Dick and Jane” meets “9 to 5” on the way to recession.
  4. 50
    If you're going to make a heist picture, then at least have the decency to make the heist itself interesting. Otherwise, do like Tarantino did in "Reservoir Dogs" and just skip it altogether.
  5. 42
    As a comedy, it relies on Keaton and Latifah playing the same characters they always play, and Holmes overcompensating by switching into bug-eyed manic-comedienne mode. Her performance is part Lucille Ball, part overcaffeinated chicken, and it deserves some credit for daring, but none for execution.
  6. 40
    The picture has no legs, no style, no sense of movement other than the meandering, dawdling kind.
  7. 25
    Holmes, with Alice Cooper hair and crazy Jim Carrey eyes, looks terrible and acts worse, unless this movie is unintentionally a lobotomy documentary. Whatever could have happened to her in the last couple of years to zap the talent out of her like this?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. JoshW.
    Jul 1, 2008
    I had to write this after reading Conrad B.'s review. He is either suffering from weight issues or more likely, just doesn't get the fact that this is a MOVIE! If over weight people are offended then tough! Is it ok to make a film such as the Godfather trilogy without offending Italian Americans? Cinema is at it's best, an art form. So deal with it. Easily the best movie I've seen since Lost in Translation. But better. Some have complained that the silent picture start is better than the rest of the film, but consider how the two leads desires and motives affect the story while firmly being rooted in thei own motives. Brilliant. Not since Chaplin has a film been so pitch perfect in making a statement and touching hearts. This is the kind of film (art piece) that changes the world in it's wake. Expand
  2. Aug 28, 2014
    Mad Money is harmless. Sure, Katie Holmes is awkward (I think they may have casted her precisely for that reason), but Diane Keaton and Queen Latifah create a fun environment to spend an hour and a half amidst. Expand
  3. LiliS.
    Jan 19, 2008
    Awful is a compliment for this movie!