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Mad Money: Movie Review

One out of Five Stars
Genre: Comedy
Rated: PG-13
Directed by:
Callie Khouri
Starring: Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, Katie Holmes, Ted Danson, Roger R. Cross, Adam Rothenberg, Finesse Mitchell
Released by: Overture Films

In Short: You'll be mad you paid money to see this comedy that fails to deliver any laughs. Despite its cast of big names and a potentially fun plot, this caper flick is not one to take to the bank.

January Blues
Forcing a Smile
by Jenny Peters

It's common knowledge in Hollywood that January is the dead zone. Unless a movie opened in December for Oscar consideration and is then released in January, most films that come out during the first month of the year are abysmal. It's a dumping ground month, which couldn't be better proven by "Mad Money," the wretched comedy starring a trio of usually talented females.

Diane Keaton stars as Bridget Cardigan, a rich WASPy housewife who is forced to take a job as a janitor when her husband (Ted Danson) loses his job. She ends up at the Federal Reserve, where old money is destroyed every day. There she hatches a plot to steal the money just before it is shredded, enlisting two other women (Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes) to join her in the robbery.

Katie Holmes, Queen Latifah and Diane Keaton in Mad Money
Katie Holmes, Queen Latifah and Diane Keaton in Mad Money

Sounds like a funny premise, perhaps, but the execution is excruciating, with Keaton falling back on her same-old, same-old screen persona, a slightly ditzy dame who somehow triumphs over the adversity put before her, while Holmes spends the whole movie dancing around with headphones on and doing stupid things that endanger the caper they are trying to pull off. Only Queen Latifah as Nina Brewster offers anything remarkable in the way of acting, bringing a smidgen of interest to her role as a single mother trying to keep her boys on the straight and narrow.

But what "Mad Money" really suffers from is a lack of laughs. Supposedly a comedy, this by-the-numbers, completely predictable (Will they get away with the money? Will Nina find love and a good father for her kids? Will everyone live happily ever after? You bet.) movie is virtually bereft of even one funny moment. Squirmingly bad, the only good thing about this typical January flick is that it is mercifully over in about 100 minutes—which feel like days, however, as you are sitting through it.

Take our advice, and spend your mad money on something, anything, but this.

(Updated 10/23/12 SC)

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