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Friends With Money
Genre: Comedy Drama

Reviewed In Issue 113 (Oct 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Jennifer Aniston, Joan Cusack, Catherine Keener, Frances McDormand, Jason Isaacs, Scott Caan, Simon McBurney & Greg Germann

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Special features include audio commentary with Writer/Director Nicole Holofcener and Producer Anthony Bregman, an 11-minute behind-the-scenes featurette, less than four minutes from the Los Angeles theatrical premiere and a little over four minutes from its premiere at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, and 11 previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 15088
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For language, some sexual content, and brief drug use
(Retail Price): $28.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 88
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2006
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 08/29/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Nicole Holofcener
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Olivia (Aniston), tired of being picked on by her students, quits her job teaching 11th grade and becomes a maid...a not-too-happy maid. Not too happy as it seems her Friends are all With Money, while she is with very little, and that perhaps this money could make her happy, or, at least, happier. But as we delve deeper into the lives of her friends, it seems each has her own issues. (Jack Kelley)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture is mediocre, with rich hues and well-detailed images at times. The filming does not really show off very deep blacks, but shadow delineation is good, however, detail in areas with the deepest blacks can be difficult to make out. Edge enhancement can be a problem, and pixilation is also noticeable at times. (Danny Richelieu)

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