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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Friends With Money

"I just, guess I feel there's no more wondering what's it gonna be like."
--"Like what's gonna be like?"
--"My fabulous life."
I'm glad to know my friends aren't the only ones who blab to each other about our problems and try to give the appearance to even our close confidantes that our lives aren't as bad as they sometimes are. In Friends With Money, we're introduced to four women, played by Frances McDormand, Catherine Keener, Joan Cusack and Jennifer Aniston, who are best friends who each see the grass a little yellower in the other woman's lawn. Meaning, they each find ways to turn their noses up at the other woman for things such as marrying a man who they think is a homosexual, downgrading to become a housemaid, being stuck in a dead-end marriage, and not being able to ever have a healthy conflict with her husband. Each woman appears to have their own set of problems, but have no problem pointing out the flaws of their friends.
But what makes this story interesting is the bond that each woman shares, not only with each other, but what they eventually come to terms with themselves. Eventually they see that their lives are perfectly imperfect, and that's just fine.
Friends With Money isn't an action film, it has no real surprises, and generally has a very subtle plot. But what it does has is heart. I guess this is the type of film they like to label as "a slice of life." I like to venture and call it "a coming of age" film.

Friends with Money is available on DVD.

My rating: B+


Emmanuel Lopez - Motivatorman said...

I loved this review Candice, thank you. I'm inspired to see this movie now!

BDjojonegoro said...

Hi, found this blog via your comment in Women and Hollywood. I was actually disappointed by this movie, even though I was predisposed to like it (loved Walking and Talking, love Catherine Keener, Frances McDormand, and Joan Cusack). To me the characters were too kvetchy older-ish white women, too unlikeable and removed for me to relate to. Once again, this is too bad as I really like the players involved in this movie.

Just my opinion.

Candice Frederick said...

@Baby i really appreciate your comments! you're right the cast is great, but the story did flatline at certain points. Feel free to follow my blog!

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