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Mad Money (2008) PG-13 1h 44min

September 30th, 2008 by Maxim · No Comments · 9,423 Views


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Mad Money (2008) PG-13Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes star in this comedy inspired by real events about janitors who stole money from Federal Reserve Bank. Directed by Callie Khouri.

The plot: Bridget Cardigan (Diane Keaton) is close to retirement and when her husband (Ted Danson) gets downsized they are two hundred thousand dollars in debt. She takes a graveyard shift job as a janitor at the Federal Reserve Bank and as soon as she lays her eyes on all the cash being moved around there, she conspires with two fellow employees (Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes) to steal a batch of old dollar bills that was supposed to be destroyed.

The good: All three ladies were great, good chemistry between them and they are adorable - this is a good kind of a chick flick. Katie Holmes plays a cute but a really stupid girl with a stupid husband (Adam Rothenberg). Queen Latifah plays single mother who has scruples about the crime.

I don’t know if this movie is based on the same story, but I already saw a movie about heist of old banknotes from the Treasury about 10 years ago based on a story that happened in the 80s in the Bank of England – a very low-tech heist. It was a thriller and none of characters got to enjoy the money. This is a comic caper. The movie has a few twists and stays warm and funny throughout. Hilarious ending. Great musical score by James Newton Howard and Marty Davich.

The bad: The dialogs and acting are not realistic – the movie is designed to be a comedy set to R&B music. Too much time spent on describing how well the women lived on the money. The story is not realistic.

The summary: Funny how often a regular person justifies committing a crime with “This is America” reason, and how many times the same reason is used for justifying the crime over and over. It’s a good comedy with three adorable ladies – a dream crime.

Memorable quotes:

Wanting is the root of needing something.

We are stealing the same money over and over. It’s like… recycling.

We need more. – No. – I think we should keep going. – I can use more. – No, honey, see… When you get greedy – that when you get caught.

Everything is fine. We’ve got a house full of doe and now we are starting to have sex in the closet.

Of course we had problems, like…. where to put it all.

What do you mean, run. What about our kids? – Oh, like they ever called us?

Are you ready for confession? – Did you hear me? LAWYER. L-A-Y-W-E-R!

DVD Special Features:

  • Commentary (Commentary with director Callie Khouri)
  • Makin’ Money: Behind The Scenes Of MAD MONEY
  • Trailer
  • Also on DVD…

The cast: Bridget Cardigan - Diane Keaton | Don Cardigan – Ted Danson | Jackie Truman - Katie Holmes | Bob Truman – Adam Rothenberg | Nina Brewster - Queen Latifah | Bryce Arbogast – Christopher McDonald | Cop #1 - Charlie Caldwell

The crew: Director – Callie Khouri (Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood) | Screenplay – Glenn Gers | Producers – Trevor Short, Avi Lerner, Wendy Kram, Jay Cohen, James Acheson, Boaz Davidson, Danny Dimbort, Robert O. Green, Danny Dimbort | Original Music – Marty Davich & James Newton Howard (The Dark Knight, The Water Horse, The Interpreter, Dreamcatcher, Treasure Planet and many more) | Cinematography – John Bailey (Over Her Dead Body, The Producers, Must Love Dogs, Antitrust etc.)

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Rated 3/5 on Sep 30 2008
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Tags: Chick Flick · Comedy · Crime/Gangster · DVD · Movies · USA

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