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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.

Movie Info

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) Weinsteinmore
Rating: R (for language and brief nudity)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: John Wells
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 7, 2011
Box Office: $4.4M
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Tommy Lee Jones
as Gene McClary
Ben Affleck
as Bobby Walker
Chris Cooper
as Phil Woodward
Maria Bello
as Sally Wilcox
Rosemarie DeWitt
as Maggie Walker
Kevin Costner
as Jack Dolan
Craig T. Nelson
as James Salinger
Eamonn Walker
as Danny Mills
Tom Kemp
as Conal Doherty
Nancy Villone
as Diane Lindstrom
Patricia Kalember
as Cynthia McClary
Maryann Plunkett
as Loma Woodward
Lewis Wheeler
as Ken Lake
Kathy Harum
as Gene's Secretary Kar...
Austin Lysy
as Liam McClary
John Doman
as Dysert
Adrianne Krstansky
as Secretary Carol
William Hill
as Kevin Walker
Frank Ridley
as Mark Olson
Anthony Estrella
as Ned Haspel
Dana Eskelson
as Dierdre Dolan
Carolyn Pickman
as Fran Walker
Anthony O'Leary
as Drew Walker
Tonye Patano
as Joyce Robertson
Sasha Spielberg
as Sarah Woodward
Ruby Hondros
as Salinger's Secretary
Gary Galone
as Karlson
Angela Rezza
as Carson Walker
Elizabeth Dann
as Norvell Receptionist
Lance Greene
as Dick Landry
Dossy Peabody
as Jane Nefeld
Annette Miller
as Phil's Assistant Nan
Ellen Colton
as MK+T Receptionist
Gloria Crist
as Human Resources Spec...
Dan Perrault
as Pizza Kid
Richard C. Snee
as Testimonial Speaker
Gene Amoroso
as Balding Man
Alan Dary
as Project Manager
Kent Shocknek
as Herb Rittenhour
Chris Everett
as Conal's Secretary Ba...
Denece Ryland
as FMR Receptionist
Richard Italiano, Jr...
as Testimonial Coordina...
Jeffrey L. Gibson
as Stunt Coordinator
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Critic Reviews for The Company Men

All Critics (163) | Top Critics (40)

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.

Full Review… | May 12, 2015
The Improper Bostonian

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.

Full Review… | August 15, 2013
The Playlist

Amazing acting backed up by an authentic and emotionally engaging story makes The Company Men one of the best films of the year.

Full Review… | August 11, 2013
We Got This Covered

Despite some of its one-dimensional characters, this drama captures the sacrifices that people make during periods of unemployment.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

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

Full Review… | January 17, 2013
Tribune News Service

It may not be the "feel good movie of the year," but it is a fascinating look at a very prominent and ongoing situation.

Full Review… | September 21, 2012

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.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer



Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

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.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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