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Mad Money

By Christina Bumba | Posted 1/23/2008

Director Callie Khouri (Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood) delivers a comedic romp filled with enough socioeconomic quips to make a relatable portrayal of what can happen when you get a taste of everything you've ever wanted, which most of us can't afford to dream of tasting. Bridget Cardigan (Diane Keaton) is an upper-middle-class homemaker who finds herself thrust back into the work force with no marketable skills after her husband, Don (Ted Danson), lands the family in financial woe. After taking a job as a janitor at a Federal Reserve bank and witnessing all the unused and much-needed money going through the shredder, she discovers that her years as a corporate wife are about to pay off. It doesn't take long for a scheme to start brewing. With the help of a sassy single mom portrayed by Queen Latifah and an adorably dim-witted free spirit (Katie Holmes), she devises a plan that enables them to steal a large sum of untraceable money from a highly secured bank. The heist goes off without a hitch until greed and overspending puts a bank investigator on their tails. Despite all they go through, the girls forge a friendship from their thievery and learn that money can buy you everything--until you get caught.

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