Parents' Guide to

Mad Money

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Girls-gone-greedy comedy best for moms' night out.

Movie PG-13 2008 102 minutes
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Three thieves who don't get caught and live to enjoy stolen money. Period. There's a scene with a man's bare bottom and occasional kissing. Not good for children and teens.

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This light, amusing heist tale may be hard to believe, but as a chick-flick fantasy, it's entertaining enough for a ladies' night out. Director Callie Khouri is an expert at for-women-by-women films, having written and directed The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and penned Thelma and Louise. What's disturbing is that, unlike other women-targeted movies with messages about empowerment and friendship, this one is also about greed. While Nina -- a single mother living in a crummy neighborhood -- has an understandable desire for extra money to a buy a house and pay for tuition at a private school, once Bridget brings herself out of debt, she has no real need to keep going. Neither does Jackie, who seems perfectly content to live in a trailer with her cute and loving husband. Eventually, it becomes all about the lust for stuff -- high-end appliances, custom motorcycles, walk-in closets, and 10-carat diamonds.

The ladies, who are nothing alike but still manage to exude a fun-loving familiarity with each other, make light of their felonious activities by claiming that they're basically "recycling" bills that would've been shredded. Even when they're in custody, it never quite seems that what they've done is criminal, which is a bit ludicrous. Led by Keaton's excitement over initiating the scheme, the trio's infectious glee over hiding stacks of bills in their push-up bras and support panties is surprisingly hard to resist. Even though the film is flawed, it's better than Keaton's other recent comedies, and it's ultimately like enjoying a happy hour with good friends -- brief, funny, and easy to forget.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: January 17, 2008
  • On DVD or streaming: May 12, 2008
  • Cast: Diane Keaton , Katie Holmes , Queen Latifah
  • Director: Callie Khouri
  • Inclusion Information: Female directors, Female actors, Black actors
  • Studio: Overture Films
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 102 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: sexual material and language, and brief drug references.
  • Last updated: July 2, 2023

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