Monday, April 10, 2006

Friends with Money (***)

Friends with Money is a terrific character piece, featuring excellent performances from its four female leads and an exceptional script by writer-director Nicole Holofcener. If you've seen Holofcener's Lovely & Amazing (also starring Catherine Keener), you know that she writes very well, and particularly, she writes for women very well. There should be more like her out in Hollywood. Here, we have four strong roles for women. They're complex and interesting and dynamic and funny, and usually all at the same time. Jennifer Aniston shows the kind of acting chops she hasn't displayed since The Good Girl, and Frances McDormand shines as a successful woman who may have just reached the end of her rope. Though it doesn't have much have a story, that didn't bother me too much. I savored the witty dialogue and insightful relationships on screen.


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