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Money Changes Everything

9 Apr

When Friends with Money begins, you’re inclined to sympathize with Olivia, who is the only single member in a group of four women friends, three of whom are rich.

Olivia goes from one dead-end career to another (presently, she’s a maid) and one dead-end relationship to another. She’s so directionless and inert that her friends, when discussing which valuable cause they’re giving their money to, joke that they should give it to her.

In fact, the only real thing she has going for her is that she’s played by Jennifer Aniston.

Friends with Money would therefore have you hate Olivia’s friends because they are all so self-involved with their own lives, and the seeming glory of having a spouse and a house and kids and money, that they are completely oblivious to how unhappy Olivia is.

One of their spouses even says, “She doesn’t look unhappy.”

Well, one of the great things about this movie is that you come to see that the friends are not ignoring Olivia’s predicament at all. Instead, they each have significant problems of their own, from crumbling marriages to anger and resentment.

Thus, you have equal sympathy for all four of the women, and the film becomes a true ensemble piece about what defines happiness and success and friendship. Continue reading

The Annual Passover Rant

9 Apr

Went to Stop & Shop and Shaw’s yesterday to stock up on Passover food (the holiday starts Wednesday night).

It’s one of those necessary evils that I tend to postpone until the last minute every year.

Why? It’s not that I am anti-Passover or anything, nor is it that I am a procrastinator (well, alright, maybe I am a procrastinator). It’s that the whole buying of Passover food experience just rubs me the wrong way. Continue reading

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