Mad Money

Synopsis: Don and Bridget Cardigan's upper middle class lifestyle is threatened since Don, who has been out of work for a year, seems to have given up looking for a job, and housewife Bridget has been out of the workforce for most of her life. They are close to $300,000 in debt. Finding out this information, Bridget comes to the conclusion that she needs to get a job - any job - that at least provides them with some benefits. She reluctantly takes a job as a janitor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Almost immediately, Bridget is enthralled with all the old worn out money that is being shredded. She comes up with a plan to get her old lifestyle back by stealing much of that money, which she believes is an easy job since the locks used on the money carts are standard equipment and as she notices that no one ever checks the garbage as she goes about her work. Her plan needs the cooperation of one person who works the shredder and one person who pushes the carts of money. The two people s
Director(s): Callie Khouri
Production: Overture Films
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
104 min

Honey, I need more.

This is gonna

take all night.

Want a sandwich?

Maybe later.



Baby, where are

the road snacks?

We gotta go.

Have you seen my guitar?


You're having

a bad dream, baby.

No sh*t.

We're gonna have to have a

conversation about your language.

Yeah. That's clearly the biggest

problem we're having tonight.

Go back to bed.






Quiet, Rufus.

Guess what I got for you!

Yummy, yummy! Shh!

Ooh! Look what I got ya!


Oh! Good!

There we go.

Nice Rufus.

Good dog.

See ya later.

Attention all units.

Arrest authorized.

Move in now.

You set?

- I'm good.

I have this theory.

Crime is contagious.

It's like it can just

kinda get in the air,

and it-- People can

catch it from each other.

And when they catch it,

they change.

And then they change...

other people.

The truth is we're all

capable of anything.

We don't want to

believe it's true,

but it is.

I realized it

for the first time

at Mindy and Bryce Arbogast's

Fourth of July party.

There you are!


I knew you'd come!

Sorry I'm late.

Oh, my God.

I want you to now

I forgive you.

What for?

- Don's okay?

He's--he's great.

We're fine. We're fine.

Hey, listen, I know

you quit the club,

but if Don wants to play,

have him call me.

Oh, I--I'm sure he will,

but, you know,

he's got a whole bunch of big

interviews kind of lined up, and--


- Does he?


Oh, it's gonna be great.

It's gonna be great.

You're gonna be great!


- Yeah.

About the realtor.

I am okay about


They're big,

it makes sense.

But I would've

cut my commission.


So just tell--What?

Oh, my God.

Bridget, I am so sorry.

It's not even

listed yet.

I'm sure Don was

gonna tell you.

To tell you the truth,

I don't really blame her.

I got downsized.

You're selling our house?

I'm no longer

the breadwinner.

I don't bring home

the bacon.

I produce no green.

You just-- You wanna

talk about this, sweetie?

Why on earth would I

wanna talk about it?

It's over.

What is over?

- Everything.


- Our lives!

Don, for God sakes!

You are going

to find that job.

It's been over a year.

I have tried everything

I know how to try,

and I have failed,

all right?

No, no, no, no!

No, you did not fail, Don.

No! I refuse

to believe that!

Those stupid multinational

corporations merged you out of a job!

So, sweetie,

you got failed on!

Really? You know, I am so

far past statistical comfort.

Look at this!

We are $286,000

in debt.


- I wasn't kidding.

It's over.

Honey, why didn't you tell me?

We could have stopped.

What? Eating, driving,

living our lives?

We could live on less.

Lots of people live on less.

Absolutely. And soon,

we'll be living with them.

You know, hearing their

voices in the hallways,


their cooking.

But, hey, at least

we got our health.

Of course, we don't

have health insurance,

so if you need an X-ray,

I sell a kidney.

We'll do something.

We'll think outside the box.

Well, that's good, because

we're selling the box

and we're moving into

a smaller box,

and soon that box

will be so small,

it's the one they put us

in the ground with.

We'll get jobs,

any jobs, both of us,

and we're gonna make our payments

until this economy gets better, Don.

Yeah, well, good luck,


You've been out of

the workforce for some time.

Well, I've raised

two children

and made a home.

My daughter is

a clinical researcher

and my son is

a systems analyst,

and my husband is,

uh, well...

on the sofa right now.

Your degree is in

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