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Mad Money (2008)

aka Mad Money

"They're having the crime of their lives..."

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Details: 104 mins · English · PG-13 (USA)


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Small Bridget Cardigan
Small Nina Brewster
Small Jackie Truman
Small Don Cardigan
Small Barry
Small Glover
Small Mandelbrot
Small Bryce Arbogast
No_movie_poster Shaun
Small Bob Truman
No_movie_poster Agent Wayne
No_movie_poster Mindy Arbogast
No_movie_poster Molly


No_movie_poster James Newton Howard Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster John Bailey Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Junie Lowry-Johnson Casting
No_movie_poster Wendy Greene Bricmont Editor
No_movie_poster Callie Khouri Director
No_movie_poster Glenn Gers Screenplay
No_movie_poster Martin Davich Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Frank DeMartini Production
No_movie_poster Michael P. Flannigan Production
No_movie_poster Jay Cohen Production
No_movie_poster James Acheson Production
No_movie_poster Terry Winsor Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Wendy Greene Bricmont Editing


"They're having the crime of their lives..."


The film begins in medias res, with the suspects getting caught and being interrogated. Then it flashes back to three years earlier and the film continues forward from there, interspersed with occasional bits from the interrogation.

Three years before getting caught, Bridget Cardigan (Diane Keaton) lived a comfortable upper middle class life until her husband Don Cardigan (Ted Danson) was "downsized" from his position and sunk into debt. The paycheck for Selina, the housecleaner, bounces again. Selina confronts Bridget and suggests she take a job as a janitor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

On her first day on the job, Bridget hatches a scheme to steal worn-out dollar bills slated for destruction. For her team she chooses Nina (Queen Latifah), who works the dollar bill shredder, and Jackie (Katie Holmes), who takes bill carts from the Secret Service room to the shredding room. It takes some work to persuade Nina to join, but Jackie joins them quickly.

The plan is that in the Secret Service room Bridget will switch a cart's official Master-brand lock with a near identical lock she purchased at Home Depot. Bridget will tell Jackie the cart number and give Nina the official lock. When Jackie gets the chosen cart, she dumps some bills from the cart into a trash can before taking the cart to Nina, who then uses Bridget's key to open it and restores the official lock, and then proceeds to shred the remaining bills. Meanwhile, Bridget, in the course of her janitorial duties, retrieves the dumped bills from the trash and splits them among Nina and Jackie in the women's restroom.

Their first robbery is a success though the take is not as big as they had hoped. However, they're emboldened to do it repeatedly. Once Don and Bridget pay off their debt, Don suggests they stop before they get caught. Bridget rejects this idea and persuades Nina and Jackie to keep going. They almost get caught but they end up cutting in Barry (Roger Cross), one of the security guards, who is attracted to Nina.

A Federal Bank Examiner shows up at a party at Bridget's house, and the next day Bridget sees him at work. The Examiner confronts Glover (Stephen Root), who is unwilling to admit anyone has stolen a single bill out of his bank as a matter of professional pride. Tipped off, that night Bridget and her accomplices begin trying to get rid of all the loot stashed in their houses, but the cops move in before all the evidence is destroyed. Bridget escapes but the others get caught.

Bridget hires a tax attorney to defend them. The lawyer gets Bridget and all her accomplices off the hook for their crimes, because neither the law enforcement, nor the examiner can prove that the large stash of cash in their homes came from the Federal Reserve Bank. Technically, it isn't illegal to have a couple hundred thousand dollars in cash lying around inside a private residence. However, they spent a large sum of that stolen cash to buy expensive objects and improvements on their houses, and did not pay the taxes for them because they couldn't justify the income. The IRS demands they pay their taxes, which turn out to be equal in amount to the money that still remains.

Eight months later, Bridget reveals to Nina and Jackie that she had stashed away much of the stolen money in the basement of a friend's bar.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2008-01-18 : United States of America

DVD : 2008-05-13