Friends With Money


(out of 5)

Nicole Holofcener has created another fascinating look at women who are both challenging and challenged in this too-short but wholly engrossing character piece. Four women, three wealthy and successfully paired and one an unmarried former teacher who gave it up to be a maid, interact as their lives go haywire to various degrees and their friendship with each other stands as the sole saviour of their sanity. Screenplay writer  (who is, as usual, brilliant) can’t seem to get onto the same page with her emotionally absent husband and creative partner (), successful fashion designer  is in a rut that is showing itself physically on her unwashed hair and , married to a millionaire, has no idea what to do with all her money without feeling guilty about it. They’re all concerned about , a pot-smoking house cleaner who has run out of reasons to treat herself well and is in a destructive relationship with . Holofcener’s superb pacing keeps it believable and entertaining throughout, with only a far-too-abrupt ending and the unevenness of Cusack’s conundrums in comparison with her co-stars’ getting in the way of it being the masterpiece that Lovely And Amazing was.

This Is That Productions

USA, 2006

Directed by

Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Independent Spirit Awards 2006.  

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