Breaking God’s Commandments
Release Date: January 18, 2008
Starring: Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah,
Katie Holmes, Ted Danson,
Stephen Root, Roger Cross,
Adam Rothenberg, and
Genre: Crime Comedy
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 104 minutes
Distributor: Overture Films/Starz
Director: Callie Khouri
Executive Producer: Wendy Kram, Robert Green, Avi
Lerner, Danny Dimbort, Trevor
Short, Boaz Davidson, and
Michael P. Flannigan
Producer: Jay Cohen, James Acheson and
Frank De Martini
Writer: Glenn Gers
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The movie opens with Bridget and Don Cardigan, played by Diane Keaton and Ted Danson, having to put their home up for sale. After being laid off, Don is no longer young enough to get a good new job, even though they are $288,000 in debt. With no job skills, Bridget is forced to become a cleaning lady at the Federal Reserve Depository in Kansas City.
While going on her rounds, Bridget figures out a way to steal money from carts full of old bills scheduled to be destroyed. She enlists the help of Nina, a hard-working single mother with two boys played by Queen Latifah, and Jackie, a bouncy twenty-something played by Katie Holmes.
Eventually, the women get help from their spouses and Jackie’s new boyfriend, a security guard at the depository. They become too careless and emboldened, however, and a bank examiner starts to examine their newfound wealth. This unlikely crime syndicate is pushed to the limits of their ingenuity to stay one step ahead of the law.
MAD MONEY is a breezy, engaging comedy. It has a very strong Romantic worldview, however, that overtly critiques the American Dream of achieving success through hard work, ingenuity and honesty. It also justifies breaking God’s commandment against stealing and overtly attacks the American business system of selling goods and services, including the American consumer society that sells products but too often seduces people to become materialistic. Finally, MAD MONEY contains plenty of foul language, including many light profanities, and a few humorous moments with light sexual innuendoes.
Crime comedies like MAD MONEY where viewers are supposed to root for thieves are often highly problematic, but this movie’s overt Romantic worldview is strongly immoral and ultimately abhorrent. No wonder so many of America’s youths think it is okay to steal copyrighted songs and software off the Internet, or to pirate the movies that Hollywood makes. Once again, it is the media that creates the culture in which we live. MAD MONEY puts down the American system of enticing advertising and gleaming stores filled with attractive displays of goods, but it becomes part of the problem.
MAD MONEY is a breezy, engaging comedy, but it has a very strong Romantic worldview that overtly attacks the American Dream of achieving success through hard work, ingenuity and honesty. It justifies breaking God’s commandment against stealing and attacks the American business system. Finally, MAD MONEY contains plenty of foul language, including light profanities, and some humorous moments with light sexual innuendoes.