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Director: Calli Khouri
Starring: Diane Keaton, Ted Danson, Queen Latifah, Katie Holmes,
Writer/director Calli Khouri (Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood) decided it’s time that women have a light-hearted caper film of their own, and here it is. This story began as the true tale of some British women ripping off the Bank of England, turned into a made for TV film and now this Americanized version. The music and style has a 70s feel to it. Keaton gives an exaggerated, wearisome performance and the script isn’t all that funny, but I’m always up for a decent scam picture.
Diane Keaton is Bridget an upper middle class housewife whose life is turned upside down when her hubby, played by Ted Danson loses his job. Times quickly turn tough and she gets a job at the Federal Reserve Bank. That’s one way to help out. Another is to team up with single mom, Nina (Queen Latifah) and Jackie (Katie Holmes) and steal old cash before it gets destroyed. You don’t have to guess which method they choose, since the film opens with police interviews and flashes back to them throughout.
Imagine The Thomas Crown Affair blended with Thelma and Louise (which Khouri also wrote) and you will have some idea of what to expect from Mad Money. Movies like this have been done better and done worse, but if you enjoy the caper genre then its worth catching on DVD.