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Coming Soon Alert: Friends With Money

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Friends with Money is the telling new comedy from the acclaimed writer/director Nicole Holofcener.

Jennifer Aniston, Frances McDormand, Joan Cusack and Catherine Keener star as a quartet of west coast life-long friends who have achieved a level of comfort in their lives and have now settled into a life of designer clothes, charity events, and caring for the men (and offspring) in their lives. But as they approach “a certain age,” unsettling things are starting to throw their comfortable lives off balance.

There’s Olivia (Jennifer Aniston) who, reaching a personal crisis, has quit her teaching job and is now cleaning houses for a living. She is looking for support — fiscal and emotional — from her more well-heeled acquaintances and continues her search for a significant other among the slim pickings on offer.

Jane and Aaron (Frances McDormand and Simon McBurney) are successful designers whose marriage has reached a pivotal point in which the pair have become oblivious to each other’s concerns, and perhaps even to their own natures.

Christine and her husband Patrick (Catherine Keener and Jason Isaacs) are a professionally-partnered, screenwriting couple whose latest projects — co-writing a script and expanding their house — raise tensions at home to a new level.

Franny and Matt (Joan Cusack and Bob Stephenson) are the independently wealthy ones, raising their two children amidst an abundant lifestyle that calls their united front of a partnership into question.

As the couples move from one get together to another, a group portrait begins to emerge of people in like and love with one another, in various configurations. Friends with Money is a modern comedy drama about contemporary adults in search of love, friendship, and filthy lucre but finding everything in a state of constant flux.

Jennifer Aniston and Frances McDormand in one movie is more than I can handle. I’m so excited for this movie to come out. If Aniston’s performance in this is half as good as her incredible take on Justine in the brilliant Independent Spirt Award nominated flick The Good Girl, it’s worth seeing.

Just watching the trailer to the movie, you get a kind of Sex and the City vibe. Four middle aged women that are friends, and it’s both comedic and dramatic, with some fantastic actresses.

Catherine Keener’s star just continues to rise. First the success of The 40 Year Old Virgin, then Capote, and now this movie which I’m sure will be a financial and critical success.

And for the straight men out there that have no interest in seeing a chick flick, go see it just for the view of Jennifer Aniston in a maid uniform.

Friends With Money goes into limited release on April 7, no date is set yet for wide release, but we’ll see how it performs.

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  • When exactly did Anniston graduate from “hot chick” to middle aged woman? Did I miss a memo?