Is it just me, or was this kind of funny?
Andrew Ellington | I'm kind of everywhere | 10/13/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I totally expected to hate this, and really I ONLY watched it because my wife wanted to; that and the fact that Queen Latifah is so amazing in everything (even the movies that are horrible). What I found so fascinating was that I actually was highly entertained, despite the fact that the film starred the `ever-so-crazy' Katie Holmes and Diane Keaton, the queen of neurotic overacting. Let's face it, Keaton was once a goddess on the coat-tails of Meryl Streep. Her early work with Woody Allen is beyond genius, and her early 80's success was well deserved (UGH, watch her in `Reds'...she is simply flawless), but as of late Keaton falls victim to her own talent. Where her neurotic spasms once felt fresh and endearing (watch her in `Manhattan Murder Mystery', where she is crazy yet totally delightful), they now appear overreaching and overdone.
Like a turkey; a burnt one.
In `Mad Money' I was kind of expecting `Because I Said So' (horrifyingly ridiculous movie) Keaton, but what I got was more like `Something's Gotta Give' (much better film, MUCH better performance) Keaton. She is all over the place, but in a good way. She's actually really funny, and she manages to capture a little piece of the Keaton I fell in love with all those years ago.
The film is one of those movies that is so preposterous it might actually make sense. You ever hear one of those stories that is so stupid and so unbelievable that it can't be made up? That's how `Mad Money' feels. It's one of those plots that is beyond believable, so far-fetched that it actually could be possible; you know.
Bridget Cardigan likes being rich, but when her husband gets laid off she finds her checks bouncing and her house up for sale. She winds up taking a custodial job in order to receive benefits and concocts this plan to rob the bank she's cleaning. She enlists the help of Jackie, the diabetic half-wit and Nina, a single mother trying to do right by her two sons, to help her rob the bank of money their just going to destroy anyways. It's a full proof plan, until Bridget gets a little too greedy. I'm telling you, watch it, it's one of those ridiculous plots that starts to make a LOT of sense when it's all said and done.
I think my wife is going to start working at the local bank tomorrow.
The film is far from perfect, but it is enjoyable, really enjoyable. Keaton is her neurotic self, but it works here. Latifah is a little laid back for my tastes, but she handles herself well and when she hits, she hits hard. Katie Holmes reminded me of what I saw in her pre-Cruise. She is sweet and charming and endearing, despite her character's apparent craziness. The men here are just kind of bystanders, but Ted Danson (who had a major comeback with `Damages') fits right into the mood of the film, and Adam Rothenberg will have the ladies paying attention (he reminds me of Butler, which is a good thing).
Watch it. It's funny. Sure, it's not a `great' movie, but it's entertaining, and as one of my Ammy friends (looking at you MKIA) said to me recently...I need to just lighten up, and so I did."