Watching Mad Money was the first time I saw Katie Holmes as a woman and not as little Joey Potter crying and listening to Paula Cole on the other side of the creek. She brings a saavy, light humor to this female heist comedy directed by Thelma & Louise screenwriter Callie Khouri. Mad Money bests the Ridley Scott film because it's truer. The criminal tempations led on by everday class struggles are more relatable than the pseudo-Bonnie and Clyde fantasy world in Thelma.
There's also a unexpected comic chemistry between Holmes, Queen Latifah, and Diane Keaton. Keaton is the center and the other two play off her so naturally you'd think they'd been making comedy troupe movies together for years. I think there is something subliminally appealing about the differing age, size, and charisma of each lady that makes them totally watchable when they're on screen together.