Friends with Money (2006)

I was looking for something light to watch. You know, something that wouldn’t require a lot of actual “watching” so that I could get some other things done. I wanted something girl-flicky, something “talky.” Boy, did I found it.

Friends with Money (2006) has a great cast: Jennifer Aniston (Friends), Catherine Keener (Death to Smoochy), Frances McDormand (Fargo), and the amazing Joan Cusack (um, everything).

Friends with Money (2006)

Friends with Money (2006)

Let me summarize how I saw each one:

  • Jennifer: good-for-nothing, depressing, klepto, indecisive. Her mood throughout the whole movie resembled her role in the movie The Good Girl (2002). It was so depressing that it was quite unbearable to watch. We all know someone like that: they can’t seem to get their act together, but show no interest in turning things around. Life is happening to them, as opposed to them making their own path. In the end, she serendipitously finds a rich guy, and that’s supposed to fix all her life problems. You know it won’t. It’s the start of yet another self-destructive cycle. Sorry I just spoiled the ending for you.
  • Catherine: Am I the only one who finds her unbelievably whiny? Even on Death to Smoochy (opposite my boyfriend Ed Norton, I did not find her likable. Or in The 40 year old virgin (one of my favorite comedies), her smile just does not seem genuine. I guess I have not found her to fit the right niche. In this movie, she plays someone who finds it difficult to let go of what people think of her. I could definitely relate to that. I could relate to her wanting to be asked “are you ok?” when she burns her hand on the stove. She was possibly the hardest character to watch for me because she needed validation, and her husband probably just got sick of it and decided to not enable her anymore. I live in fear of that every day. Am I so insecure that one day I will be found out as a fraud and everyone will leave me?
  • Frances: I love her. Even though she played a very depressed character, you could actually see that her acting and physique matched it perfectly. I felt for her. I knew what she meant when she said “it’s like we are all just waiting to die.” When you don’t know what else life is going to bring your way, it’s easy to settle in the comfort of the status quo and imagine that life is pretty much going to stay the same way until you are dead. I don’t want that for my life. I want change. 2014 can’t be the year that looked exactly the same as 2013.
  • Joan: This character was the most out of reach for me. She’s rich, she’s happy in her marriage, and she takes care of her house/kids full time. I can’t relate to someone who doesn’t want to work. However, she wasn’t annoying. She was caring and genuinely wanted to help her friends with her good fortune, but in a realistic way. She and her husband still complained about things being too expensive, and seemed to have the most down-to-earth relationship. I liked them. It made me wish my marriage continued to be that way in 10 years. I never want it to settle into Catherine’s fiasco.


In conclusion, when you have money, happiness is not a given. Sounds like what we have to strive for and work for is the happiness part, not the money part. Yet, somehow, money keeps being the driving force in our lives through our jobs and daily worries. If happiness is the ultimate goal, and money is our only focus, what do we have to do to reprioritize?

Food for thought as 2013 comes to an end.

I would liken this movie to: About a Boy (2002). About Schmidt (2002). The Good Girl (2002).

Huh, looks like this movie missed its mark by about 4 years. Maybe that’s why I had never heard of it until today.

Anyways, have a great last few days of the year everyone!


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