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Reviewed on 2008-01-24
Received[3]  out of 4 stars
GenreComedy / Crime / Romance

Suburban upper middle class housewife Bridget Cardigan (Diane Keaton) is forced to enter the work force when her bread-winning husband Don (Ted Danson) is laid off due to downsizing from his cushy position in corporate America.

Armed with only an ancient degree in comparative literature and the ability to Google on her home computer, Bridget takes a job as a janitor at the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City.

When she is not cleaning toilets, Bridget starts scheming in this casino-like environment where there are no windows or privacy, but a whole lot of cash. She is consumed by thoughts of the green stuff and turns into a criminal mastermind. She hatches a plan to smuggle worn out currency before it is shredded.

She enlists Nina Brewster (Queen Latifah), a single mother with two young boys who works the shredder, and Jackie Truman (Katie Holmes), an exuberant free-spirited gal who dances to the music coming from her headphones while popping bubble gum and pushing around carts filled with money.

Their ingenious plan is easy to follow. This trio of ladies makes a great team with their sparkling personalities. You invest in their characters and develop a rooting interest for them to beat the system.

Keaton is terrific in another patented ditzy and klutzy role. You will be glued to the screen and hollering with laughter as the suspense-filled, comedic predicaments pile up.

Local interest is heightened because the exteriors are actual buildings in Kansas City. It is not a stretch to assume the Cardigans’ home is situated in Johnson County. The movie was actually filmed in Shreveport, La.

Review By:
Keith Cohen, "The Movie Guy"

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