Snap Judgment: Movies

'Friends With Money'

Directed by Nicole Holofcener

This delicious, seriocomic tale of four friends in affluent, liberal, west L.A. grappling with midlife crises, metrosexual spouses and household remodeling takes on an avoided subject: money, and how it affects our relationships. Rich Joan Cusack, successful but angry fashion designer Frances McDormand, unhappily married screenwriter Catherine Keener and pot-smoking housecleaner Jennifer Aniston (the only one without bread, or a husband) are characters we come to know intimately. Holofcener gets the milieu beguilingly right, but the abrupt ending leaves you wanting more.

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