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Money Matters

4.1 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews

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A moving and intimate film that follows Monique “Money” Matters (Terri Abney) caught at the brink of adolescence. Her relationship with her mother Pamela Matters (Aunjanue Ellis: Ray, Men of Honor), is far from stable and depicts the struggle between a young mother and daughter who both come of age...together. Sharp and candid dialogues blur the roles of parent and child, revealing a family secret magnified by pain and years of regret. Money’s daily routine; a three-bus commute to the Catholic school she attends, far from her dilapidated neighborhood, to another world where she feels just as uncomfortable. When she befriends a neighborhood girl who seems to understand her, their friendship develops in ways that push boundaries.

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  • Actors: Aunjanue Ellis, Terri Abney, James Whalen
  • Directors: Ryan Richmond
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005GHIK18
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,129 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on November 4, 2011
Format: DVD
Despite its obvious budgetary constraints, writer/director Ryan Richmond serves up a surprisingly complex and ambitious narrative in "Money Matters." Knowing nothing at all about the film, I went into the experience a complete blank with little expectation. And while the movie is far from perfect, it has a reach, intimacy, and sophistication that made me want to overlook any apparent shortcomings. In a story that has elements of coming-of-age drama, family dysfunction, cautionary tale, and redemptive morality play--this little ninety minute presentation attempts more than you might anticipate. In fact, there is enough significant content to fuel several different projects. Sometimes the film pushes a bit too hard (I probably could have lived without the dramatic illness that takes over the film's finale), but I will never fault a filmmaker that has too many ideas and ambitions in this world of empty-headed movie making by committee.

At the heart of the picture is a strong and complicated mother/daughter dynamic. Aunjanue Ellis (getting a chance to shine) plays the mother, a troubled soul dealing with abusive relationships and a sordid past that was populated with drug use and prostitution. Still fighting every day, she has been committed to giving her daughter (Terri Abney) a better opportunity than she had. Abney plays Monique "Money" Matters and it is one of the more complex portraits of adolescence that you're likely to see. Introspective and socially awkward, Abney has a defiant but loving relationship with her mother (who has turned to a religious mania in the search for strength). But her primary journey is one of self-discovery, just who is she and where does she fit in?
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Terri Abney stars as Monique Matters, nickname "Money" in an inner city coming of age story. Money lives with her single mother. She doesn't know her real father, although we, the audience find out midway. Mom sends her to Catholic school because she wants her daughter to have a chance in this world. Life is at the point where Mom (Aunjanue Ellis) realizes she must change her pot smoking, loser boyfriend life in order to prevent her daughter from emulating her. Money has two girlfriends. One attends Catholic school with her. She (London K. Powell) keeps her boyfriends happy with oral sex. The other girl (Victoria Wallace)goes to public school and can't read. She likes Money and prefers girls to boys. Money prays to God to be normal. She escapes life through her tough life poetry which we get to hear from time to time.

There is also a subplot involving a priest(James Whalen) at the local hospital who likes women too much.

Washington DC is in the background scene, I assume that is the location. The movie is well scripted and well acted by a group of virtual unknowns. What is nice about this gritty African-American urban story is that it doesn't involve gangs or 50 Cent. Mom tries to restore her faith and instill faith in her daughter. She is sick (we find out midway what she has) and believes her days are numbered. Her daughter Money is all that matters to her and life doesn't come easy. 5 star story of despair and hope.

F-bomb, n-word, sex talk, brief sex, no nudity.
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Money Matters is a great movie! It has unbelievable drama and it touches your heart at the same time. It does have foul language, so don't let the little ones watch it. This movie is as real as it gets. If you are ever having a bad day, watch this movie. You will look at your "bad" day a whole lot differently.
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Despite its obvious budgetary constraints, writer/director Ryan Richmond serves up a surprisingly complex and ambitious narrative in "Money Matters." Knowing nothing at all about the film, I went into the experience a complete blank with little expectation. And while the movie is far from perfect, it has a reach, intimacy, and sophistication that made me want to overlook any apparent shortcomings. In a story that has elements of coming-of-age drama, family dysfunction, cautionary tale, and redemptive morality play--this little ninety minute presentation attempts more than you might anticipate. In fact, there is enough significant content to fuel several different projects. Sometimes the film pushes a bit too hard (I probably could have lived without the dramatic illness that takes over the film's finale), but I will never fault a filmmaker that has too many ideas and ambitions in this world of empty-headed movie making by committee.

At the heart of the picture is a strong and complicated mother/daughter dynamic. Aunjanue Ellis (getting a chance to shine) plays the mother, a troubled soul dealing with abusive relationships and a sordid past that was populated with drug use and prostitution. Still fighting every day, she has been committed to giving her daughter (Terri Abney) a better opportunity than she had. Abney plays Monique "Money" Matters and it is one of the more complex portraits of adolescence that you're likely to see. Introspective and socially awkward, Abney has a defiant but loving relationship with her mother (who has turned to a religious mania in the search for strength). But her primary journey is one of self-discovery, just who is she and where does she fit in?
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