The Company Men (2011)

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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 … More

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
Runtime:
The Weinstein Company - Official Site

Cast


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

as Gene's Secretary Kar...

as Liam McClary

as Dysert

as Secretary Carol

as Kevin Walker

as Mark Olson

as Ned Haspel

as Dierdre Dolan

as Fran Walker

as Drew Walker

as Joyce Robertson

as Sarah Woodward

as Salinger's Secretary

as Karlson

as Carson Walker

as Norvell Receptionist

as Dick Landry

as Jane Nefeld

as Phil's Assistant Nan

as MK+T Receptionist

as Human Resources Spec...

as Pizza Kid

as Testimonial Speaker

as Balding Man

as Project Manager

as Herb Rittenhour

as Conal's Secretary Ba...

as FMR Receptionist

as Testimonial Coordina...

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
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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.

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Melvin White

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½

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Directors Cat

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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.

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Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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