“Mad Money”- Joanna Langfield reviews

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No, it’s not a great movie, but three indestructible stars still make this formulaic heist movie pay off, at least a little bit. Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes team up as three Federal Reserve sanitation workers far more deserving than their circumstances. Knowing that, they cook up an impossible to crack plan that will fill their personal coffers and not really cost anyone else a thing. Or does it?

Callie Khouri’s no stranger to female felons ferocious heroines. She is, after all, the woman who wrote the seminal Thelma and Louise. But, as the director here, she’s all about the big softness of the picture, happily skipping over the very real harder edges. Cute or not, these women are thieves. Sure, it’s cool that Keaton’s cushy housewife steps up when her big-buck earning husband is downsized. The facts that she’s so unaware of their borrowed upon circumstances and her ill-prepared for the workplace state are potentially interesting, but, no fears, we get rid of those pesky backstories in a hurry. Latifah’s determined devotion to her single motherhood is unexamined, to say the least, and Katie’s ditsy brilliance is nothing more than a footnote. This one is all about the steal of the deal. Given what the focus is, there is some reward for us, the morally plagued audience. Each actress has a few minutes to do some funny, charming work and, that, all by itself, is reward onto itself.

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Her voice is heard throughout the 50 states and around the world by more than one million listeners on her syndicated radio programs: Joanna Langfield’s People Report and Video and Movie Minute. She’s also seen and heard as a regular contributing commentator on CNN International, CNN, Fox News and CNBC. In print, her articles have been published in such high profile magazines as Video Review and McCall’s. Joanna Langfield is known for taking interviews to another level with probing looks at celebrities’ insights rather than just their latest projects. As a result, she’s secured a niche among the nation’s premier interviewers and movie critics. Joanna began her career on the production staff of a local Boston television station. She then focused her energies towards radio and produced talk shows at WMEX-AM in Boston. After moving to New York, she became executive producer at WMCA-AM for talk show personalities Barry Gray and Sally Jessy Raphael. She began hosting a one-minute movie review spot which, in turn, led to her top-rated weekend call in-show, The Joanna Langfield Show (1980-83). Joanna moved to WABC-AM to host The Joanna Langfield Show on Saturday nights from 9:00pm to midnight. It was the highest rated show in its time slot. From 1987-1989, Joanna hosted Today’s People on the ABC Radio network, which was fed daily to over 300 stations around the country. She also appeared on WABC-TV as a regular on-air contributor. In 1989, Joanna formed her radio production company, Joanna Langfield Entertainment Reports, to syndicate her radio reports. She is considered to be one of the top authoritative commentators on the entertainment industry. Read Lagfield's recent articles below. For her Women On Film archive, type "Joanna Langfield" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).