Favorite

Featured Review: Friends with Money 






 


FRIENDS WITH MONEYMost films, good and bad, feature characters who exist only in the 90 or 120 minutes that we're watching them on screen. But movies that exist outside the margins successfully convey that what we're watching is merely a brief snippet of the characters' entire lives. Friends With Money, written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, is the latter type of movie. Watching gloomy and insecure Olivia (Jennifer Aniston) make ends meet by working as a maid, it’s easy to picture her back in middle school, perhaps going through an “ugly duckling” phase that might have scarred her for life. Or after witnessing Christine (Catherine Keener) bicker endlessly with her husband David (Jason Isaacs), we understand it wasn’t always like this and find ourselves hoping for a glimpse of happier times. Set in LA, this seriocomic saga centers on the daily activities of four close friends. These four women retain a mutually close relationship, which in turn allows them to bounce ideas and actions off each other.  Three of them are the friends with money of the title, though two help prove any number of cash-strapped adages: money isn't everything; money can't buy happiness; money can't buy you love -- take your pick. The friend without money is Olivia, who, it appears, has always been poor and who once gave up a job as a school teacher because all her affluent students kept throwing quarters at her. Now she works as a maid, freelancing for various clients and spending the remainder of her time involved in a masochistic relationship with a shallow and casually cruel fitness instructor (Scott Caan). Friends With Money is effective in the way it makes us relate to all these characters and their struggles as they grapple with universal issues involving camaraderie, self-worth and the inability to come to terms with one’s own mortality.




 

Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Connect Today 05.28.2017

Latest in Film Reviews

  • Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    As is the case with many superhero sagas, this one doesn’t know when to quit, with a generous 136-minute running time mostly felt during the CGI-choked finale.
    • May 24, 2017
  • Review: Baywatch
  • Review: Baywatch

    The MVP is, of course, the impossibly appealing Dwayne Johnson, cast as head lifeguard Mitch. The film has fun playing off the actor’s image as everyone’s best – and best-built – buddy, and he’s equally ingratiating whether receiving or (more often) delivering the cutting zingers.
    • May 23, 2017
  • Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    For a movie that never stops moving, Dead Men Tell No Tales is astoundingly dull, choked to death by expensive CGI, lumbering set-pieces, and a script seemingly cobbled together even after production was underway.
    • May 23, 2017
  • More »

Movies This Week

More Filmtimes

or

Right Now On: Twitter | Facebook

Copyright © 2017, Connect Savannah. All Rights Reserved.
Website powered by Foundation