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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John Wells

Writer:

John Wells
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Affleck ... Bobby Walker
Tommy Lee Jones ... Gene McClary
Chris Cooper ... Phil Woodward
Suzanne Rico Suzanne Rico ... Gail
Kent Shocknek ... Rittenour
Adrianne Krstansky Adrianne Krstansky ... Carol
Lewis D. Wheeler ... Ken
Celeste Oliva ... Jane
Tom Kemp ... Conal
Nancy Villone ... Diane
Chris Everett ... Barbara
Maria Bello ... Sally
Lance Greene Lance Greene ... Landry
Kathy Harum ... Karen
Allyn Burrows Allyn Burrows ... Stevens
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Storyline

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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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

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

Quotes

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.
[then]
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 »

Connections

Features NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (1970) See more »

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Fake Empire
Written by Matt Berninger (as Matthew Berninger) and Bryce Dessner
Performed by The National
Courtesy of Beggars Banquet Records Ltd.
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Don't take your job or this movie for granted
22 January 2011 | by the-movie-guySee all my reviews

(Synopsis) When the GTX Corporation must cut jobs to improve the company's balance sheet during the 2010 recession, thousands of employees like Bobby Walker (Ben Affleck) will take the hit. The company really doesn't care about their employees who have given many years of loyal and faithful service. To the company they are not faces, but only numbers. Bobby learns the real life consequences of not having a job. Not only does he see a change in his family lifestyle, and the loss of his home, but also his feelings of self-worth.

(My Comment) This is a story of what many workers in the U.S. are enduring during the present economic crisis. Many companies are cutting jobs by the thousands to placate their shareholders by reducing the company's employee overhead and hopefully driving up their stock price. Actually the movie shows the hardships and what can happen to anyone, including people in management, when they no longer have a job. It first affects them internally, then their families, and finally the communities they live in. Out of work people first resist changing their lifestyles, then they go into denial, and finally acceptance of the hand they have been dealt. Ben Affleck's outstanding performance of enduring disappointment of not finding a job and worry for not providing for his family proved this point. The moral of the story is that we should not take our jobs for granted. (The Weinstein Company, 1:49 Rated R) (7/10)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Company Men See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$647,797, 23 January 2011

Gross USA:

$4,441,272

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,087,000
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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