The Company Men (2011)
Critic Consensus: It might be hard for most viewers to identify with The Company Men's well-heeled protagonists, but writer/director John Wells uses their plight to make universally resonant points -- and gets the most out of his excellent cast.
Bobby Walker (Ben Affleck) is living the American dream: great job, beautiful family, shiny Porsche in the garage. When corporate downsizing leaves him and co-workers Phil Woodward (Chris Cooper) and Gene McClary (Tommy Lee Jones) jobless, the three men are forced to re-define their lives as men, husbands, and fathers.
Bobby soon finds himself enduring enthusiastic life coaching, a job building houses for his brother-in-law (Kevin Costner) which does not play to his executive skill set, and perhaps the realization that there is more to life than chasing the bigger, better deal. With humor, pathos, and keen observation, writer-director John Wells (the creator of "ER") introduces us to the new realities of American life. -- (C) Weinstein … More
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as Gene McClary
as Bobby Walker
as Phil Woodward
as Sally Wilcox
as Maggie Walker
as Jack Dolan
as James Salinger
as Danny Mills
as Conal Doherty
as Diane Lindstrom
as Cynthia McClary
as Loma Woodward
as Ken Lake
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as Liam McClary
as Secretary Carol
as Kevin Walker
as Mark Olson
as Ned Haspel
as Troy Thayer
as Dierdre Dolan
as Fran Walker
as Drew Walker
as Joyce Robertson
as Sarah Woodward
as Salinger's Secretary
as Carson Walker
as Norvell Receptionist
as Dick Landry
as Jane Nefeld
as Phil's Assistant Nan
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Critic Reviews for The Company Men
It's tough to feel torn up about Ben Affleck having to sell his Porsche when most of us are hustling to make rent at the end of every month.
The Company Men, aka "The Supposed Problems of Unsympathetic Rich People" or "Good Actors Stuck in a Mediocre Movie," tries to be timely, but it's as out of touch as Pat Buchanan.
Amazing acting backed up by an authentic and emotionally engaging story makes The Company Men one of the best films of the year.
Despite some of its one-dimensional characters, this drama captures the sacrifices that people make during periods of unemployment.
A bit heavy on the cliches, but this sermon will connect with anyone for whom "the new reality" of today's economy hits close to home
Audience Reviews for The Company Men
Phil Woodward: My life ended and nobody noticed.
"In America, We Give Our Lives To Our Jobs. It's Time To Take Them Back."
The Company Men was a surprising movie for me. I didn't have great expectations because of the rather luke warm review it got when initially released. However, I really like it. I liked the story, which was real life and something that sums up many people's lives around the time of the financial repression setting in. Also I like how this shows big corporate giants and their lack of empathy for their workers. It's all about how much they can make, while they put thousands of people who have families out of work all in the name of how high we can get our stock before we cash out.
The Company Men shows three men who are negatively effected by the downsizing of the company they have each worked at for years. We see how the downsizing effects not only them, but their families as well, as money, which has never been an issue, is suddenly a problem. The story has political undertones throughout as we constantly hear things about Bush and what he's going to do about the collapse, and news about Goldman possibly being involved in illegal activities.
This movie does have some powerful moments as many things represented in it have occurred to many we know. Plants start laying off workers because stocks are dropping and the higher ups have to keep the holders happy. That's the excuse I guess. In the end though all the firings do is allow the CEO and other executives the opportunity to pad their own bank account while every worker who made the company what it is are put on the chopping block.
The Company Men is a well made and important movie with a phenomenal cast and great writing. Some moments(mostly family scenes with Affleck) come off a bit misguided, but for the most part, the film is razor sharp and effective in everything it sets out to do. This is definitely one that's worth a look and I'm glad I finally got around to seeing it after pushing it aside for a couple of years.
Really good movie, and some really great acting, by some of Hollywood's best. So many people place their significance in how much they can buy, and not in the relationships they share with those who love them. We need to be reminded of these things more often. Could've been a bit more realistic, also...having Alleck's character earn $160K, and live in an environment that dictated earning at least 3 times that amount, was a bit of a stretch. All in all, though, very moving film.
The Company Men Quotes
|Danny Mills:||You wanna be a big cop in a small town? Fuck off up the model village.|
|Danny Mills:||Gee, I wonder why she never calls you back.|
|Danny Mills:||It feels good though.|
|Bobby Walker:||I will win! Why? Because I have Faith! Courage! Enthusiasm!|
|Jack Dolan:||Can I be honest with you Bobby? You should take that job. You're a shitty carpenter.|
|Jack Dolan:||You know if things get tough, I can always use some extra help this winter.|
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