Review: Friends with Money

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Jennifer Aniston as a French maid
Obligatory Jennifer Aniston-as-French-maid shot



Having struggled to escape the long shadow of Friends, Jennifer Aniston ends up in a film with Friends in the title, playing the singleton with three married couples as chums. Nicole Holofcener’s follow-up to 2001’s Lovely & Amazing walks the same line – it’s a gentle comedy exploring human foibles. Then, families were the subject, here it’s rich people with first world problems, metrosexual tastes and lives obsessively focused on themselves. It is quite a cast – with Jennifer Aniston at its centre, playing the only one of this gang with no wealth and no love life, the only one who has to do shitty jobs for a living, including working as a cleaner, in full French maid regalia – apparently there is a constituency for Aniston dressed thus. Meanwhile, when she’s not dusting crannies, Aniston’s character has to put with the likes of Catherine Keener, Frances McDormand and Joan Cusack making sisterly clucking “ah, bless” noises. There’s the feeling of the brick wrapped in velvet in this comedy of mismatched power relations. No belly laughs but plenty enough to keep you grinning in an “I recognise that” kind of way.

© Steve Morrissey 2007


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Friends with Money (2006) Comedy, Drama, Romance | 88min | 21 April 2006 (USA) 5.7
Director: Nicole HolofcenerWriter: Nicole HolofcenerStars: Jennifer Aniston, Frances McDormand, Catherine KeenerSummary: Four women friends: three are wealthy and married plus there's Olivia, a former teacher who's now a maid. The marriages are in various states of health: Franny and Matt are happy and very rich. Christine and David write screenplays together, are remodeling their house, and argue. Jane is angry all the time and Aaron, who's an attentive husband, strikes everyone as gay. Franny sets up Olivia with a friend of hers, Mike, a personal trainer, and Olivia takes him with her to a couple of housecleaning jobs. A benefit dinner for ALS, an awkward guy named Marty whose place Olivia cleans, and a French maid's outfit figure in the story. Is there more to life than its problems? Written by <>


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