• Publication date: September 1, 2011

For These Couples Happiness & Wealth Are Synonymous Friends With Money: Everything is Nothing Without Love

Olivia (Jennifer Aniston) lives in West Hollywood, an affluent section of Los Angeles. She's beautiful and smart, and accompanied by a series of well-to-do friends. Franny (Joan Cusack) is the first amongst them, a stay-home mom with a considerable fortune in the bank. She is a self-proclaimed philanthropist whose intentions, most likely, are motivated more by flaunting her wealth than caring who truly benefits from it.

Olivia (Jennifer Aniston) lives in West Hollywood, an affluent section of Los Angeles. She's beautiful and smart, and accompanied by a series of well-to-do friends. Franny (Joan Cusack) is the first amongst them, a stay-home mom with a considerable fortune in the bank. She is a self-proclaimed philanthropist whose intentions, most likely, are motivated more by flaunting her wealth than caring who truly benefits from it.

Christine (Catherine Keener) works at home alongside her husband David (Jason Isaacs) as a screenwriter. Collaboratively they have raked in big bucks over the years, though recently the duo has hit a creative slump. While they sit face to face each day, with their computers back to back, Christine and David spend more time fighting than writing.

The last of Olivia's pals, Jane (Frances McDormand) is a snippy fashion designer experiencing a prolonged bout of depression. As a result (and to everyone's hygienic displeasure) she has vowed never to wash her hair. Her husband, Aaron (Simon McBurney) is similarly tuned into the fashion world; he's also incredibly effeminate, causing people to doubt his heterosexuality. It doesn't help that gay men hit on him.

Aniston's character exists in the midst of all of this � an oddball who's not rich, sophisticated, or particularly glamorous in comparison to her three friends. At one time she taught at a prestigious school, but resigned after students began tossing quarters at her. Now she works as a maid while her boyfriend, Mike (Scott Caan) accompanies her to various homes, insistent upon having sex in each one. His 'service' of course means he gets a share of Olivia's earnings. When she's not cleaning homes or out with the girls she's rolling a joint.

Yet something keeps Olivia bound to these eccentric folks, and they welcome her with equal fervor. Perhaps they see another shallow companion in the making � if only she had a husband of equal superficiality.

Friends With Money is an independent film with a meager $6 million budget. It managed to earn more than $18 million however, deeming it a fairly impressive success. The soundtrack features topically appropriate songs by songstress Rickie Lee Jones.

Year: 2006

Duration: 88 minutes

Genre: Drama, Romance

Starring:

Frances McDormand

Jennifer Aniston

Joan Cusack

Catherine Keener

Director: Nicole Holofcener

Rating: Rated R for explicit language, some sexual content, and brief drug use.