By Flick Harrison | September 16, 2003

“Bad Money” is of the burgeoning multiple-overlapping-story genre — this time the theme is money woes. But unlike typical Leigh or Sweeney characters, these ones keep an unreasonably cheery and optimistic face to the very bankrupt end. Graham Greene, in a bumpy performance as a doomed exec (“I’m a nice guy. I’m a nice guy,” he says in the mirror before getting fired), faces a mountain of debt. His wife (the steady Tamsin Kelsey) has racked up his credit and speaks only in hypno-Martha-Stewart mantra. Their daughter is a struggling lefty, unable to remain pure in a dirty world, and various skinheads, punks, vegetarians and entrepreneurs struggle for payola day by day. Hazlett, who produced Gary Burns’ Kitchen Party and “The Suburbanators”, has made a film that deserves to be seen; it takes a gentle potshot at our money-fetishism and produces enough laughs to keep the market-boys happy.

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