I Have, You Know, Issues
prisrob | New England USA | 05/15/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"'Friends With Money' was written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, whose two previous features were wonderful studies of women and their relationships. I came upon Nicole Holofcener because of her new film, Please Give', which is receiving wonderful reviews, and I wanted to visit all of her films. The characters in her films are so real, it is like we are peeking in through the windows.
Jennifer Aniston plays Olivia, a maid. She used to be a teacher in an exclusive school, until the kids started making fun of her. She has friends with money. Jane, played by Frances McDormand, who is an angry byotch, screams at people and is going through some sort of life change. She hasn't washed her hair in weeks, 'you just have to wash it again' she says. And, by the way, she steals every scene she is in. She designs clothes that are overpriced but just wonderful. Christine, played by Catherine Keener, writes screenplays with her husband. They have a difficult relationship to say the least. Franny, played by Joan Cusack, stays at home and is concerned about the amount of money spent on their son's shoes. All, but Olivia have husbands. Jane's husband is cute and loving but everyone thinks he is Gay, but probably isn't. Christine's husband is the screenwriter, who is less than supportive. Franny's husband seems the most normal, so we don't know much about him, except he makes a lot of money. The film really centers around Olivia, and this may be one of Jennifer Aniston's best films. She is without glamour, fresh and a pit smoking woman who has no idea who she is or where she is going. Olivia is set up by Jane with Mike a fitness instructor, and, as we soon find out, a louse. He goes with Olivia and watches her clean house and then expects some financial compensation. Then Olivia meets one of her clients, Marty. He has hired her to clean his house, and he is shy and introverted. But, somehow they strike a chord and we know something will happen. And, as it turns out, they both have, well, issues.
The author and director has given us a glimpse into her world. The world of the rich and monied. To have a friend who is a , maid, well it probably is a temporary thing and it is a much needed job, to be a maid. The lives of all of the women are involved and though they are good friends, they are all separate. A world that we can all appreciate from afar. We all wish we had money, but as we learn, money does not buy happiness.
A little appreciated film that is a winner. Highly recommended. prisrob 05-16-10
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