A smart, patient, and ruefully funny film about four women navigating the channels of midlife, Friends with Money brings us into a real world populated with unaugmented women, where makeupless people do and say recognizably human things -- albeit in expensive cars in Los Angeles. Writer-director Nicole Holofcener coaxes wry performances from Catherine Keener, Frances McDormand, Joan Cusack, and Jennifer Aniston in the lead roles, yet her film is a hard one to feel close to. Friends with Money's series of vignettes captures the protagonists in distinct moments, dramatizing their feelings and exposing their failings even as they try to hide them. But it never digs too deeply into any single person's world, and so it doesn't build toward much. There is a breakthrough at the end, but its importance is muted by the listlessness of the character who experiences it.
Director: Nicole Holofcener
Writer: Nicole Holofcener
Producer: Ted Hope, Anne Carey and Anthony Bregman
Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Joan Cusack, Frances McDormand, Catherine Keener, Jason Isaacs, Greg Germann and Simon McBurney