Friends with Money
FRIENDS WITH MONEY examines the shifting relationships between four women who have been friends all of their adult lives. Now as they settle into their early middle age, their friendship is increasingly challenged by the ever-growing disparity in their individual degrees of financial comfort. It is a poignant snapshot of the way we live today, where the safe divisions that class and money have created are eroding under the unstoppable force of everyday life and the result is a painfully hilarious examination of modern life that manages to be both brutally honest and ultimately uplifting.
The three friends with money, Franny (Joan Cusack), Jane (Frances McDormand), and Christine (Catherine Keener), share a concern for Olivia (Jennifer Aniston) who seems unable to make a living or sustain a relationship at least by their standards. Their group examination of her lack of options magnifies each of their own doubts and concerns about the marriages and careers to which they have committed themselves.
Olivia, meanwhile, drifts through each of her friends’ lives, at times avoiding the issue of money altogether, and at other times accepting her friends’ painful generosity. Ultimately, Olivia will find satisfaction and stability from an unexpected place, but her own somewhat happy ending is muted by the harsh reality of the suddenly disassembled lives of her best friends.
“Friends with Money” reminds me of “The Big Chill” in many ways, but is much more obscene: A group of friends, in their mid 40’s, and life’s problems impacting their relationships plus some sexual relationships and that just about sums up the entire film. I feel it is very realistic in its approach to telling the story of the depressing lives of these people (minus all the obscenities). It is just so depressing to watch all of the problems associated with some people’s lives. I didn’t find it very entertaining, although there were a couple funny scenes.
Because of the obscene language, graphic sexual content and drug use, Dove cannot award the Dove Family-Approved Seal to “Friends with Money”. Skip this film and hang out with your own friends. That will be a much more entertaining way to spend a few hours.