Delicious, serio-comic tale of four friends in affluent, liberal, west LA takes on an avoided subject: money. Stars Jennifer Aniston as a pot-smoking housecleaner.
Screened as part of NZIFF 2006
“This delicious, serio-comic tale of four [women] friends in affluent, liberal, West LA 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.” — David Ansen, Newsweek
“Friends is the writer-director [Nicole Holofcener]'s third feature, following Walking and Talking and Lovely & Amazing, projects much admired for their individuality, insight and ability to eavesdrop on contemporary reality. But this piece takes Holofcener's gifts to a new level… An exquisitely calibrated hypermodern comedy of manners. A quiet but devastating ensemble piece, both acerbic and sweet, Friends blends empathy and a great sense of comic timing with the richness of Holofcener's trademark take-no-prisoners observations.” — Kenneth Turan, LA Times