• Publication date: August 1, 2011

Part-Time Moms. Full-Time Criminal Masterminds. Mad Money: Crime Pays, but Greed Destroys

Bridget Cardigan (Diane Keaton) is a wealthy housewife accustomed to having the best of life within reach. When her husband Don (Ted Danson) loses his lucrative position at work, the family's maid (Sylvia Castro Galan) is cut loose. With funds short and luxuries few, Bridget applies for a janitorial position at the Federal Reserve.

Bridget Cardigan (Diane Keaton) is a wealthy housewife accustomed to having the best of life within reach. When her husband Don (Ted Danson) loses his lucrative position at work, the family's maid (Sylvia Castro Galan) is cut loose. With funds short and luxuries few, Bridget applies for a janitorial position at the Federal Reserve.

Not long after beginning work, Bridget concocts a scheme to steal tattered and torn bills before they are shredded and trashed. She cannot accomplish this task alone though, and enlists the help of headstrong Nina Brewster (Queen Latifah) and ditzy Jackie Truman (Katie Holmes). Both ladies are initially reluctant, but when Cardigan presents her seemingly foolproof plan requiring nothing more than an ordinary padlock, Nina and Jackie are on board.

The girls' first heist is successful, though less profitable than anticipated. After carrying out the task daily, however, the small bills tally up to big bucks. When Don discovers Bridget's new source of income he is naturally disturbed, but somewhat relieved when she vows to stop after the family's debt is paid off.

Unfortunately greed knows no boundaries, and all three women continue to fill their bras and panties with stolen loot. Eventually a security officer, portrayed by Roger R. Cross of 24 notoriety, watches Nina pocket a wad of cash; he is willing to keep silent, though only if she agrees to begin a relationship with him. Slowly Bridget's plot begins to crumble, and Nina and Jackie may soon exchange their past at the Federal Reserve for a future in a Federal Penitentiary. Can a trio bold enough to outsmart government security escape the wrath of its judicial system as well?

Mad Money is based upon the British television film Hot Money. Though not a blockbuster, the picture did recover its estimated $22 million budget.

Year: 2008

Duration: 104 minutes

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Starring:

Diane Keaton

Queen Latifah

Katie Holmes

Ted Danson

Director: Callie Khouri

Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content, explicit language, and some drug references.