Three women take on the Federal Reserve and come out winners in this entertaining comedy.
Bridget (Diane Keaton), an upper middle class homemaker goes to work as a cleaning lady at the Kansas City Reserve Bank when her out-of-work financial analyst husband (Ted Danson) proposes selling their house to get out of debt.
Dressed in a blue jumpsuit, she pushes her cleaning cart around the building while she empties trash cans and scours dirty bathrooms, all the while watching other employees take old, out-of-circulation currency and shredding it.
Bridget figures that since the cash is supposed to be destroyed anyway, the Feds won't miss a little if it disappears. She comes up with a simple plan, but it needs the help of two other co-workers.
Her first is Nina (Queen Latifah), a single mother of two. She has the monotonous job of shoveling the money into a giant shredder. The other is Jackie (Katie Holmes), good-natured flake who pushes the cash in large glass containers to the shredding room. They both could use some extra cash, and readily sign on to the caper.
Directed by Callie Khouri, the film spends a lot of time setting up and executing the heist, which takes place over and over again until they amass quite a lot of loot. But, the comedy isn't bogged down with repetition, because of the work of the talented stars.
Latifah is down-to-earth and the voice of reason, however most of the time, she's over-ruled by the other two. And Holmes is delightful as the hare-brained young wife. But, it's Keaton who keeps it all together.
As the brains of the little gang, she comes up with the plan, barks orders and keeps everyone in line, sometimes of course, by losing her cool. She's John Dillinger with a manicure and pearls, and she's the main reason for watching Mad Money.