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The Company Men (2010)

R | | Drama | 11 February 2011 (USA)
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The story centers on a year in the life of three men trying to survive a round of corporate downsizing at a major company - and how that affects them, their families, and their communities.

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Suzanne Rico ...
Gail
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Rittenour
Adrianne Krstansky ...
Carol
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Ken
Celeste Oliva ...
Jane
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Conal
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Diane
Chris Everett ...
Barbara
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Lance Greene ...
Landry
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Karen
Allyn Burrows ...
Stevens
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When the GTX Corporation must cut jobs to improve the company's balance sheet during the 2010 recession, thousands of employees will take the hit, like Bobby Walker (Ben Affleck). Bobby learns the real life consequences of not having a job. Not only does he see a change to his family lifestyle, and the loss of his home, but also his feelings of self-worth. Written by Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)

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Big Business Just Cut The Wrong Guys See more »

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Rated R for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$647,797, 23 January 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,439,063, 15 May 2011
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John Wells included real sentences and explanations from CEOs and their wives gathered from his research for the screenplay. See more »

Goofs

When Jim comes to Gene with a "peace offering" of Glenfiddich single malt, he pours himself a glass and places the bottle on the mantle with the back label facing out. The camera cuts to Gene, and when it cuts back to Jim, the bottle has been turned so the front label faces out. See more »

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Bobby Walker: We work as hard in here every day as we did when we were trying to get a job, we'll be alright. What's the worst thing they can do, fire us?
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Midway through the credits, financial reports from various news sources can be heard for a minute. See more »

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Referenced in Gone Girl (2014) See more »

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Not Miserable
Written by Grant Hutchison, Scott Hutchison, David William Lawrence Kennedy (as David Kennedy), Andy Monaghan
Performed by Frightened Rabbit
Courtesy of Fatcat Records
By arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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Job security is a thing of the past.
22 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

There is little doubt that losing a job is among the most traumatic events that can happen in ones life. Losing a job not only means loss of income and the uncertainty and worry that accompanies such a loss, but also loss of self-esteem and loss of confidence in the future. These themes are effectively dramatized in this movie. The main character, a young, well-paid white collar worker, loses his job and it changes his life, and not necessarily for the better. The movie shows how all of us are subject to economic forces way beyond our ability to control. As the movie shows, nobody is immune to the effects of these economic forces. Huge companies can be downsized, bought up, dismantled and disappear. Sometimes it's easy to believe that these corporate entities will go on forever, but it's an illusion. There is no security; there is no reward for loyalty. And while thousands of workers lose their jobs, corporate executives, that is, those who actually own these companies, pay themselves millions of dollars. Yet, as the movie shows, these huge salaries do not guarantee economic security either, as one's company can be put up for sale. When the movie tries to get moralistic, the story gets a little mushy, but for the most part the story stays on track and avoid that pitfall. Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones and Chris Cooper give strong performances as the company men; the rest of the cast, which includes Craig T. Nelson and Maria Bello, are excellent too. This movie is worth watching.


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