Friends With Money
This is one of those movies where all the good parts are in the previews. I was really looking forward to seeing Friends With Money – 4 of my favorite actresses star in it – and it came off in the previews looking sweet and heartwarming. Nope. It’s kind of sad actually. Even depressing. There are 3 Friends with Money, Joan Cusack, Catherine Keener, and Frances McDormand. Who knows what brought these chicks together in the first place – that is never addressed. Then there is the 1 Friend Without Money – Jennifer Aniston. She’s pretty much a basket case – has a bad case of not knowing what she wants to be when she grows up and it surviving hand to mouth on her income as a maid and cosmetic samples. The other friends don’t know if they should help, or how they should help, and meanwhile they’re all dealing with their own issues: depression, anger, a failing marriage, and various charity dinners. The characters are well drawn and the acting is terrific – but the movie lacks in chemistry and movement – it doesn’t go anywhere. And when it ends, it just kind of stops… it doesn’t have a nice neat ending. I don’t like that at all.