Nicole Holofcener's most mature work to date, Friends With Money concerns four friends (Catherine Keener, Jennifer Aniston, Frances McDormand and Joan Cusack) of varied social and economic backgrounds struggling to maintain synergy with the men in their lives and dispel their guilty consciences. As seen at the recent Florida Film Festival, it's a film about class and the divisive effect of money, but even more so about gossip-mongering. These women never want to talk about their own problems, and their elliptical conversations with their other halves quickly wind back to self-aggrandizing chatter about their friends' ineptitude or inequities. Occasionally, Holofcener succumbs to repetition: The unlikely relationship between Aniston's character (a pot-smoking cleaning lady) and a greasy client mirrors the one between Keener and Kevin Corrigan's video-store clerk in Walking & Talking. At first glance, you may feel you've seen this one before, but serious afterthought reveals layers of depth and meaning, anchored by a stringent critique of both sexes.
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