Hey there, it's Editor L., and I know what you're thinking — Frances McDormand? So random! That may be true, but allow me to explain. While brainstorming my own Summer Netflix Challenge, I realized that two of the movies that have been on my list of must-sees — Friends With Money and Wonder Boys — both include the brilliant McDormand; hence, she's become my subject of choice. So, over the weekend, I dove into Friends With Money.
The film is by director Nicole Holofcener, who completely wooed me with the recent Please Give. While I don't think Friends With Money is quite as good, there are a few common attributes. For one, you have Holofcener's female leads — all flawed and unlikeable, yet incredibly interesting. There's Franny (Joan Cusack), the rich pal with tons of money; Christine (Catherine Keener), the friend who has nice things, but a terrible marriage; Jane (Frances McDormand), the successful but argumentative designer; and Olivia (Jennifer Aniston), the mess of the bunch who works as a maid. Ready to hear my thoughts? Just read more