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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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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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In America, We Give Our Lives To Our Jobs. It's Time To Take Them Back See more »



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

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Release Date:

11 February 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Company Men  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$647,797 (USA) (21 January 2011)


$4,439,063 (USA) (13 May 2011)

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The Weinstein Company purchased the film at the 26th Sundance Film Festival for a mid-seven figure sum. See more »


Gene walks up to Bobby and gives him his first check and there are other guys standing around. Bobby shouts out that there's $200 extra on his check and when the camera pulls out, all the co-workers have disappeared. See more »


Phil Woodward: You know the worst part?
[a beat]
Phil Woodward: The world didn't stop. The newspaper still came every morning, the automatic sprinklers went off at six. Jerry next door still washed his car every Sunday.
Phil Woodward: My life ended and nobody noticed.
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Crazy Credits

Midway through the credits, financial reports from various news sources can be heard for a minute. See more »


Featured in Richard Roeper & the Movies: Fall Preview 2010 (2010) See more »


Written by Mark Everett (as Mark O. Everett)
Performed by The Eels (as Eels)
Courtesy of Vagrant Records
Under license from E Works Records
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Job security is a thing of the past.
22 January 2011 | by (United States) – 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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