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22 out of 28 people found the following review useful:

A Hilarious Joke With the Contemporary History of Cuba and USA – A Very Funny Movie

Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
27 February 2004

In the 60's, Alan Quimp (Douglas McGrath) is a school teacher of English grammar and married with the very demanding woman Daisy Quimp (Sigourney Weaver). In order to avoid the constant mockery in Daisy's family, Alan says that he is a secret CIA agent. Daisy tells everybody, the CIA acknowledges the lie, but due to a coincidence, Alan has just helped and hidden the professional Russian dancer Petrov (Ryan Phillippe) who wanted to leave Russia. The CIA decides to hire Alan as an agent, to get the credits of bringing Petrov to USA, and immediately decides to send him to a very calm place, Cuba. Again due to a fortunate coincidence, Alan disclosures the identity of a double agent (Dennis Leary). Then, Fidel Castro (Anthony LaPaglia) makes the revolution and deposes Fulgêncio Batista (Alan Cumming). With the support of the former CIA agent in Cuba Lowther (Woody Allen) and Croker Johnson (John Turturro), Alan tries unsuccessfully to eliminate Fidel. In the end, he is sent to another quiet place (Vietnam). This movie is one of the most funny I have recently seen. The constellation of excellent actors and actresses is amazing. The story, a hilarious joke with the contemporary history of Cuba and USA, is delicious. Only the character of John Turturro disappoints a little bit, but when Woody Allen appears in scene, there are fantastic ironic dialogs. All the cast is excellent and wonderful, but Woody Allen is splendorous, as usual, with the best lines. I can not understand why this movie is so underrated in IMDB. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): `Um Agente Como A Gente' (`An Agent Like Us')

Obs: There is a joke in the Brazilian title that is not possible to explain to those not familiarized with Portuguese.

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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful:

It's not "The In-Laws," but it's cute

Author: mlevans from Oklahoma
27 April 2002

Upon reading the description on the back of the video box, I immediately thought of the classic "The In-Laws" with Peter Faulk & Alan Arkin. Company Man turned out be more of an Austin Powers or Top Secret, instead.

Perhaps it was not a cinematic masterpiece. It was fun to watch, though, and gave me several really good belly laughs -- such as the "real" secret behind Gorbichev's alleged birthmark!

The plot is silly & "quirky," as some have noted, but it had a nice feel to it. Overall, I would call it a good little film.

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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful:

Old style still the best humor

Author: LivingDog from NYC, NY
20 February 2003

This movie seemed really boring at first, but after about 15 mins I got it and it takes off with a loud clear resounding laugh! I was pleased to see that I was laughing at something that was actually funny for a change... in lieu of the "im so hip i chuckle at nothing because its snl" (so-called) humor. (snl hasn't been funny for 20 of the last 25 years.)

The cast is perfect in acting in the style of a 50's movie. The ones that stood out to me are:

Douglas McGrath .... Alan Quimp = brilliant brilliant delivery

Sigourney Weaver .... Daisy Quimp = she can play a real witch :)

John Torturro .... Crocker Johnson = psycho-soldier extrodinaire

Anthony LaPaglia .... Fidel Castro = warm cuddly version

See this movie if you want to be reminded that humor isn't necessarily vulgar, but just plain funny! 9/10

- Zafoid

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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful:

Old style humor - still enjoyable

Author: Tasos Tz. from London, England
30 May 2002

'Company Man' is absolutely old style. The jokes, the acting, even the story. Douglas McGrath is a cross between Bob Hope and Jack Lemmon, while Sigourney Weaver's acting is reminiscent of something from the 50's.

In fact, all the cast is absolutely magnificent and it consists of Paul Guilfoyle, John Torturro, Alan Cumming, Ryan Phillippe and the fabulous Anthony LaPaglia as Fidel Castro.

Of course, for once more, no one is able to appreciate this movie, probably because of the absence of toilet humor and stupidity. Classy humor is something that people don't care about any more, they want rudeness, shallowness and indecency.

So, we have 'Scary Movie' scoring more in imdb that a movie with Woody Allen in it. That's great! That's really great!


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16 out of 25 people found the following review useful:

PLEASE WATCH THIS MOVIE: other reviewers have no sense of humor!

Author: publish1 from usa
2 January 2004

This movie, as underdistributed as it has been, should be picked up wherever you can find it.

All you need to enjoy this movie is an I.Q. and a sense of humor. If either of the aforementioned are lacking you will probably agree with the "Don't watch this movie" reviewer.

Woody Allen has some classic lines in this film.

ALSO, the plot is not MUCH sillier than the ACTUAL Bay of Pigs incident.

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11 out of 16 people found the following review useful:

Pretty funny

Author: (ajdagreat) from USA
6 June 2001

This movie is pretty funny if you don't want to think too much. Yes, the movie doesn't really have a consistent plot and is mainly divided up into different segments, but the movie is still hilarious, and Douglas McGrath does an excellent job as the geek who the government assigns to a dangerous mission. Oops, sorry. WHOM the government assigns to a dangerous mission.

Anyway, don't expect any underlying meaning or important plot points in this movie. Just expect to laugh.

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

Different but funny.

Author: Shazpop00
20 May 2004

Douglas McGrath leads an all star cast in this film.

The film is set in the early 60's. McGrath plays Alan Quimp, a grammar school teacher who makes up that he is in the CIA so that his wife will stop hassling him about getting another job. He then ends up helping a Russian ballet dancer defect from the Soviet Union and then is sent to Cuba to find "Agent X" who the CIA have been looking for for over 2 years. The story goes on from there when Agent X is found.

This is a quirky, constant, light hearted film with some funny bits. I loved the fact that it has an all star cast. Woody Allen is very funny. Best to watch a second time to appreciate it more. It might not be everyone's cup of tea but I personally enjoyed it.


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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

Clever Farce

Author: jazzbox2 from United States
30 August 2003

"Company Man" is a clever farce that deserves to be seen by more people. Though Douglas McGrath, its writer and star, is not well known, it has several famous actors, such as Sigourney Weaver and Woody Allen, playing major roles. This film is a revisionist look at the Bay of Pigs fiasco, much in the way "Dick" looks at Watergate. If you can suspend your disbelief a bit, and you're ready to have fun, you'll enjoy this comedy. Mucho laughs!

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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

Hilarious take on the CIA's ineptness

Author: alicecbr from United States
7 August 2004

In view of the fact that the CIA is being the fall guy for the Bush gang's insistence on invading Iraq, you'll find this depiction of the beaurocratic idiocies of 'the company' to be truthful AND funny. Woody Allan (why was he unbilled?) gives his all depicting the chief CIA agent in Cuba. While the Revolution goes on all around him, he denies that the people are dissatisfied.

Pee-Wee as Batista (Alan Cumming) is doubly hilarious, since we know of Pee Wee's interesting foibles. The sight of Woody Allen lighting his cigar on a burning pinata of Batista, while denying the Revolution exists, is double-up side-splitting. The bit about playing the American rock and roll songs on the radio as 'code' for the CIA wasn't far from what they actually do.

Maybe it's because I never heard of his movie, it surprised me so. Just wanted to see Dennis Leary in his pre-tough guy days. And that itself is worth the price of the movie, as he gets so frustrated by having his English corrected, he .......can't tell you.

This movie is a really wonderful example of movie-making at its' best when you have a bunch of professionals working together and given great lines. Making it in Puerto Rico was also a nice touch.

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Somewhat surreal and very funny, but could have been a gutbuster

Author: Eugene from Tampa Bay
15 September 2001

This is a VERY funny movie, that owes a great deal to Woody Allen. It's kind of like "Bananas", 30 years later and badly gone to seed. Who cares if the premise is absurd and the movie is episodic, there's some hilarious material here, and stars like Sigourney Weaver, Woody Allen, John Turturro and others are very funny. Sometimes it's a bit like a prolonged SNL skit, with the whole grammar teacher bit, but there is always another laugh around the corner. All this said, the film was a bit of a disappointment in retrospect, and does not live up to its potential. It's almost like they ran out of money and cut some corners while making it. It is also fairly short, and it appears that pieces of some scenes that may have been cut from the film are actually shown during the credits. Lightweight, yet nowhere near as bad as some reviewers are saying.

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