Nothing Funny About This Money

Star-studded heist comedy offers few laughs
By Marcia Greenwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2008 4:29 PM CST

(Newser) – Even Oscar-caliber talent like Diane Keaton and Queen Latifah can't save Mad Money, about three cash-strapped women who join forces to pull off the perfect heist. The movie, which also stars Katie Holmes, "fails to hit the stratosphere," Stephen Schaefer writes in the Boston Herald, because it "just isn’t funny enough to be truly engaging."

Keaton's performance as an upper-class housewife whose husband (Ted Danson) has been downsized makes the film "worth a few bucks," writes Robert Wilonsky of the Village Voice. And Latifah demonstrates "grit and verve" as a hardworking single mom, says Entertainment Weekly's Owen Gleiberman, but the stars "need all their charm" to compensate for their underwritten roles.