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Friends with Money is a 2006 "indiewood" film written & directed by Nicole Holofcener. It opened the 2006 Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2006 and went into limited release in North America on April 7, 2006.

Plot synopsis

Olivia (Jennifer Aniston) is a single, cash-strapped woman working as a maid in Los Angeles in order to make ends meet. She is surrounded by a support network of well-off friends consisting of Franny (Joan Cusack) - a stay at home mom with a large trust fund; Christine (Catherine Keener) - a successful television writer; Jane (Frances McDormand) - a fashion designer; and their respective husbands. While the disparity in financial situations between Olivia and her friends creates some friction, each woman is facing her own individual struggles. Olivia can't seem to find love or money and resorts to questionable tactics to satisfy both. Franny's inherited money sometimes causes tension between her and her accountant husband, who likes to spend it. Christine's marriage is falling apart because she and her and her husband can't communicate effectively. Finally, Jane's attitude is becoming increasingly caustic, possibly because of perimenopause and her husband's sexual ambiguity. Together, these women attend charity benefits, have lunch, lean on each other, and wade their way through life.

Box office

In its opening weekend, the film grossed a total of $4.96 million, ranking tenth at the North American box office, and has gone on to gross a total of $12.978 million - receiving a limited release in most weeks (under 600 screens).

Critical reception

The film received generally positive reviews from critics. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 70% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 141 reviews. Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 68 out of 100, based on 38 reviews.

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