Monday, April 17, 2006

Friends With Money...

Saw this yesterday in the city. Loved it. First of all, the subject matter - a single woman who is underemployed and financially challenged finds her friendships with three married, wealthy women to be sometimes trying. The conversations between the women about each other are very honest and real, and all of the relationships are believably flawed. The shifting viewpoints from character to character are revealing too: no one is 100% sympathetic, but nor is anyone particularly to blame. It's a great ensemble cast - who can argue with Frances McDormand, Joan Cusack, AND Catherine Keener?

And a word to those who would question the inclusion of Jennifer Aniston - she belongs in this movie. Her conflicted, more-insecure-than-you-know character plays to her strengths as a modern young woman. Finally someone is dethroning the ditzy single gal who just wants to get married made popular by Doris Day. (All props to DD - I love her comedies from the late 50s and her clothes were DIVINE - but I don't see myself as her as much as I could see myself as Olivia in this movie.)

The resolution of the movie was beautifully handled in the face of what could have been a very Hollywood moment. I won't spoil the ending, but suffice it to say that although you may think you're getting what you want, it could all be subject to change. But sometimes that's all right.

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