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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
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.
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
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.
This movie, as underdistributed as it has been, should be picked up
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.
'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
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!
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
Anyway, don't expect any underlying meaning or important plot points in this movie. Just expect to laugh.
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.
"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!
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
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.
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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