submitted by Susan Frank [Email address: jeffandsuz #AT# - replace #AT# with @ ]

Friends With Money isn’t about friendship, but it is definitely
about money. Of course, as I often say (usually in reference to geopolitical
upheavals), it’s ALWAYS about money. Especially in Los Angeles, as depicted by writer and director Nicole
Holofcener (Walking and Talking, Lovely & Amazing) in what I found to be an
oxymoron of a film: smartly written but
with a shallow premise that left me wondering why anyone with Holofcener’s
obvious talent would bother writing about it, let alone make a whole movie
about it. The movie virtually has no plot and no sense of purpose, almost like
a cinematic shrug. As a result, it is left to a blessedly talented ensemble
cast to steer the film toward its destination, as unsatisfying as it may be. (Continue reading Friends With Money…)