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"Friends with Money" DVD Review

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Friends with Money Review

"Friends with Money" on DVD

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The Bottom Line

While the performances are great and the script has a nice, biting wit to it, "Friends with Money" is missing that little something that would have made it a must-see DVD for at least the females of the world. It's tough to say exactly what's not connecting, but it's definitely not the acting that does this film in.
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Pros

  • Terrific performances by the entire cast

Cons

  • The film seems to hold its audience at a distance

Description

  • Behind the scenes featurette with cast interviews
  • 'Sundance' - The cast and director get together to premiere the movie at the Sundance Film Festival
  • 'LA Premiere' - Short bit from the movie's Los Angeles premiere
  • Commentary by writer/director Nicole Holofcener and producer Anthony Bregman
  • DVD Release Date: August 29, 2006

Guide Review - "Friends with Money" DVD Review

Catherine Keener, Frances McDormand, Jennifer Aniston and Joan Cusack star in writer/director Nicole Holofcener's "Friends with Money." A story about women for women, the film delves into the lives four friends as they handle relationship issues and other obstacles to happiness.

Aniston plays Olivia, a former schoolteacher struggling to get by cleaning houses. McDormand is Jane, a successful fashion designer irritated by just about everything. Keener stars as Christine, one half of a husband and wife writing team who do more fighting than writing. Of the group only Cusack as Franny is a genuinely happy person. She's extremely wealthy, in love with her hubby, and often wonders why she's still friends with at least one member of the group.

"Friends with Money" takes a scattershot approach at storytelling, and never allows us to understand who these women are. When you sprinkle in the male supporting players (including Greg Germann, Jason Isaacs, and the scene-stealing Simon McBurney), there's just simply not enough time devoted to any character to get a firm grasp on their motivations or even to figure out whether you like any of these four friends as individuals.

The Bonus Features

The behind-the-scenes featurette is pretty much the standard fare we've come to expect with most DVDs. The commentary track by writer/director Holofcener and producer Anthony Bregman is definitely the highlight of the extra material. The pair does a nice job of keeping the commentary track entertaining.

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