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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The film is likable, with some funny moments and recognizable human conflicts. But the origin of the women's friendship is not explained, and the nature of Olivia's problems is not examined or taken very seriously, making her seem inexplicably lost and shallow.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Anger is the rocket fuel of drama. Of the four women in Nicole Holofcener's Friends With Money, only Frances McDormand's Jane is flamingly angry, and she's the most vivid character in the group.

  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    There is also a manufactured symmetry, an every-gal's-got-issues roundness, an HBO sitcomitude to the movie that undercuts its own observational intelligence.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    A pitch-perfect ensemble comedy that burrows deep into the mind-set of white, upper middle-class Angelenos, anxious to strike the right balance among career, family, love life and money but never quite pulling it off.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Allison Benedikt

    Acutely perceptive and slyly quick-witted.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Smart women go through life changes. For adults.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie includes frequent sexual references and some images. While the latter tend to be brief and comic (a woman who works as a maid dresses up as an ooh-la-la French maid to entertain her boyfriend), the language is explicit, frequent, and usually witty, a means for the women characters to express their frustrations and desires (dialogue includes more than 20 f-words, usually used to describe sex). Some characters say cruel or gossipy things to others (a husband tells his wife she has a "fat ass," some friends say one woman's husband is "gay"). Characters drink wine, beer, and liquor in social situations; Olivia smokes pot in her bedroom and with her boyfriend. Olivia repeatedly calls her ex, a married man.

  • Families can talk about the ways that money affects relationships: How does it create expectations, tensions, and insecurities? How does Olivia's resistance to making or having lots of money like her friends make her an object of pity or concern? How do the women provide support for each other even when they might be mad at each other? How do they cope with depression or disappointment?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Characters argue frequently (especially Christine and her husband), characters lie to one another; Olivia smokes pot and repeatedly calls her ex, a married man; Christine's fights with her husband involve yelling and hurtful comments.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Upset at a couple cutting in line at a store, Jane tries to storm out and walks smack into a glass wall; she goes to the hospital and ends up with a bruised, cut face; Chrisine repeatedly bangs into furniture or trips, but is more embarrassed than injured.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Movie opens with a maid (Olivia) finding her employer's vibrator in a drawer; bedroom scenes include nudity and sexual activity (some movement and sound, visuals not explicit and brief); Mike has Olivia dress in French maid outfit as preparation for sex; frequent conversations about sex, using the f-word and slang for genitals and acts; repeated discussions of whether Jane's husband is gay, worries about whether children are gay.

  • language false5

    Language: Frequent uses of the f-word (over 20) and slang for sexual activity and genitalia; characters also use s-word and other curse words.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Lancôme, Old Navy, Bloomingdales, Apple laptops.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters talk about Matt smoking (but you don't see it); characters drink; Olivia smokes pot.