Parents' Guide to

Friends with Money

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Smart women go through life changes. For adults.

Movie R 2006 88 minutes
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Like Nicole Holofcener's first two films, Walking and Talking and Lovely & Amazing, Friends with Money treats its characters with respect and in detail. While the movie mostly takes the women characters' perspectives, it's not to judge men or anyone else, but to examine that very idea, that perspective is limited, and it's also what you've got. The several experiences fit in something like a narrative structure, but not quite. Scenes cut from one woman to another, their stories expanding and commenting on one another, leaving pieces and sometimes coming together.

Each story asks viewers to rethink their assumptions. The friends do come to understand and cherish one another, but not without troubles along the way. The friends don't actually resolve all their differences or frustrations. But that is the beauty of Friends with Money. While the final plot contrivance that brings Olivia round to having money is unconvincing, it might also be a critique of movie-style happy endings. Or maybe not.

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