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2008 film, loosely based on the British TV movie Hot Money, itself based on the real-life "Loughton Incinerator Thefts" (see The Other Wiki for more)

A trio of workers at the Federal Reserve Bank Kansas City hatch a scheme to steal bills marked for shredding. Hilarity Ensues!

The film stars Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, and Katie Holmes, with Ted Danson, Stephen Root, Roger Cross, and Adam Rothenberg in supporting roles.

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Not to be confused with the financial advice program hosted by Jim Cramer, although the characters do watch the show at one point in the film.


This film provides examples of:

  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: The police interrogator tells Nina that she's too late to strike a deal, because Jackie already did. He lets that sink in for a moment, only to tell her that Jackie bargained for immunity for Nina.
  • Honor Among Thieves: Played with. Jackie caves and confesses, but she does it to secure immunity for Nina so the latter can go home to her children.
    • Also, Bridget asks the others if they really believed she had abandoned them. They all did. She doesn't seem too offended by this, as it was a pretty reasonable assumption.
  • Mistaken for Junkie: The others stage an intervention after seeing Jackie's needles, but she's actually diabetic. However, Jackie takes it as a compliment that they care enough about her to do that.
  • Title Drop: Bridget's mother apparently told her that a woman should always keep a stash of "mad money". Jackie wonders whether it's money for when you go mad, or when you get mad.
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  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: How the trio get the money out of the Fed. Nina even references the trope namer.
  • White-Collar Crime: Technically, although whether any of the characters' actual jobs (janitor, pusher, shredder, security guard) would be considered "white collar" is open for debate.


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