An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
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)
The Weinstein Company purchased the film at the 26th Sundance Film Festival for a mid-seven figure sum. See more »
When Bobby first picks up the plywood to carry upstairs you can see it has many knotholes on both sides. When he arrives upstairs the plywood is clear (no knots). See more »
I'm confident all these dismissals will stand up under legal scrutiny.
What about ethical scrutiny.
We're not breaking any laws, Gene.
I guess I always assumed were trying for a higher standard than that, Paul.
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Midway through the credits, financial reports from various news sources can be heard for a minute. See more »
I was able to find this online even though it's not at the movies, yet. The thing I like most about the movie is how it accurately depicts how the rich are getting richer in this recession while the bottom falls out for most of us. The daily news seems to report job losses in a matter-of-fact fashion these days. This movie puts a personal face on these out-of-work people - though dealing with it from the executive's perspective. I guess making a movie about how those on the lower economic spectrum - those MOST affected - just wouldn't be appealing enough for Hollywood. There would be the inconvenience of telling a story in which ALL of the characters remained in dire straits at the end - the way things still are today. I guess - like the politicians - Hollywood seems to be big on building hope in this one. At least by dealing with the layoffs from the executive's perspective, they were able to show some people NOT rebounding, but others actually getting their feet back under them. All in all, worth watching.
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