I don't much care for films about money. They're either making me envious with their plots of obnoxious rich types living a lifestyle I could never dream of or making me anxious by showing characters that hit a little bit too close to home. I'm only half-joking, of course, but considering the past decade's economic climate it's no surprise that people are a bit sick of movies about financial hardship or elaborate wealth.

Thankfully in all that mess there's still been some cracking movies boasting amazing talent, and we've compiled the very best of them for you today. From low-key mumblecore flicks to iconic comedies of the 90s, Netflix is home to a variety of movies that tackle money problems (or lack thereof) from plenty of different perspectives. They're all good fun, but you'll probably feel a bit worse off after you've watched them.


Young Adult (2011)

"Guys like me are born loving women like you."

Young Adult is a strangely pessimistic film. Taking aim precisely at those who refuse - or just simply can't - move on after high school, Charlize Theron plays an aged teenage starlet, incapable of transitioning into the adult world. Returning to her hometown after a divorce, Theron's character revisits old haunts and friends who have turned into strangers, realising that not everything came to a standstill when she moved on to brighter pastures. While Tiny Furniture tackles similar narratives, the plot and people of Young Adult are surprisingly spiteful, and the film is quite clearly damning the ignorant clichés its characters are based on. It's much darker than you might expect, but that edge makes it stand out in a crowd of similar movies vying for you attention this weekend.


Tiny Furniture (2010)

"On my resume under 'skills' I put 'has a landline'."

More about not having any money than being loaded with it, Tiny Furniture focuses on the same down-on-their luck poor people that populate most mumblecore movies. Chronicling the life of a recent college graduate returning home, Tiny Furniture tackles the same feeling of being in-between major events that plenty of indies do these days. However, few others do it with quite the same charm as Lena Dunham, whose characters and stories are as relatable as they are charismatic. It can be a bit gloomy and a bit up itself, but it's still good fun, and Dunham anchors the movie with an excellent performance in this superbly witty debut.


Liar Liar (1997)

"The pen is blue, the pen is blue, the goddamn pen is blue!"

I used to love Liar Liar as a kid, but going back and watching it recently I have no idea why. The humour in the Jim Carrey vehicle is surprisingly mature, and Carrey's character himself is a total dick. I mean, there's a scene where he misses his son's birthday party because he's getting it on with his boss in order to favour a promotion at work. He' a sleazy guy. So for a movie that's full of cheesy '90s whimsy and an overbearing score that makes sure you know when to emote, Liar Liar is surprisingly rough around the edges. The film itself is still funny though, just after all these years you might have gotten to know a few people who are a bit too similar to Carrey's obnoxious lawyer.


Clueless (1995)

"He does dress better than I do, what would I bring to the relationship?"

High School movies get such a bad rap. While yeah there's some that are just straight-up insufferable, there's also plenty that are such a joy to watch. In fact, comedies like Clueless and American Pie and their ilk might be some of my favourite examples of the entire comedy genre. Clueless in particular captures a special valley girl elitism that was emulated so ferociously in the years after its release. Yet this original movie still feels like the most refreshing depiction of that archetype, with its elitist characters never feeling like the complete outdated caricatures that would go on to haunt later entries in the genre. Instead, there's a clear affection for these personalities at the heart of Clueless, even if it would never outright admit it.


The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"The real question is: was this all legal? Absolutely fucking not."

The Wolf of Wall Street is all about indulgence. From the violence to the nudity to even the run-time, Martin Scorsese's latest slaps you in the face with exuberant wealth and abuses of power. More than that though, it spends a couple of hours making you enjoy it, before tearing down the fantasy and revealing that the people you're having such fun watching are actually complete scum who wouldn't so much as look your way on the street. It walks a fine line between glamorising the lifestyle that these Wall Street frauds enjoy and ridiculing it, but in the end just about gets it right. Just.