Mad Money

Posted January 17, 2008 in Film

A weak comedy that’s as schizophrenic as Diane Keaton’s acting reputation. Keaton, Queen Latifah, and Katie Holmes (yes, you read that lineup right) star as three grunts sweating out small paychecks at the Kansas City Federal Reserve who rob millions in to-be-shredded bills. It’s a premise director Callie Khouri pictures as straight up hilarity with plenty of mugging by the increasingly shrill (but still phenomenally dressed) Keaton misdirecting the moral compasses of noble single mom Nina (Latifah) and oddball Jackie (Holmes, how peculiar to see her out of the tabloids and on screen). Only it’s wholly disconnected from Glenn Gers and John Mister’s pseudo-smart screenplay which pretends to eviscerate American capitalism; this is screwball farce as penned by a stoned Michael Moore. Worse, the characters are as flat as a battered Benjamin. A strong Latifah is reduced to being a humorless celibate who ain’t had no humping for seven long years, while Holmes is a twinkling moron who dances down the bank hallways and may or may not have diabetes, a heroin addiction, or psychic abilities. (Amy Nicholson)



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