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Mad Money (2007/Anchor Bay/Starz DVD)

 

Picture: C+†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: B-†††† Film: B-

 

 

I have not liked a Diane Keaton film since she did Manhattan Murder Mystery with Woody Allen back in 1993, but here she is 15 years later (!!!) finally being truly funny again.Based on a real life robbery that happened at the Bank of England and already made into a film over there, writer/director Callie Khouriís Mad Money (2007) is a funny, smart, amusing, likable and even laugh out loud comedy about three women who finally come together when a plan to steal money marked for destruction from being too old might just work.

 

The story begins when a couple (Keaton and Ted Danson, in some of his best work in a while) find themselves sin financial troubles after living the good life in the suburbs.She is forced to take any job she can get and that lands up being a janitor, but at a federal government cash disposal facility.There she meets a single-mother (Queen Latifah, proving once again she is one of the best comic actresses of her generation) who does the destroying.When the bright idea occurs, they wonder if it can be done, but know they cannot do it alone.They need one more person, and that turns out to be a flighty gal (Katie Holmes, who is a real hoot here) as a Walkman wearing money delivery gal who they wonder is even stable enough to hold a conversation!

 

Christopher McDonald, Stephen Root and Roger Cross are among the solid supporting cast in what is easily Khouriís best work since Thelma & Louise.Though some aspects are what you might expect, at least half the fun is definitely getting there and now that this has arrived on DVD, I think more than a few people who catch up to it will be very surprised this was not a bigger hit.Needless to say the critics failed to get it again!

 

The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image is not bad, but a little weak versus the 35mm film print I saw of it when it first hit theaters.The great cinematographer John Bailey, A.S.C., ups the fun with a great shoot and camera angles that only up the suspense and comedy.I canít wait to see the Blu-ray.The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is a little better than the Dolby 2.0 Stereo, but this is joke and dialogue based, so the surrounds only kick in for some interesting sound effects and the amusing music score, including some interesting song choices.Extras include a terrific feature length audio commentary by Khouri, the trailer and a behind the scenes featurette.

 

If you want some good laughs from a comedy that remembers what it is to be funny, Mad Money is for you.

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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