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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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John Wells

Writer:

John Wells
2 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Taglines:

In America, We Give Our Lives To Our Jobs. It's Time To Take Them Back 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 film cast includes four Oscar winners: Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones, and Kevin Costner. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jack: How go the suit wars, Bobby?
Bobby Walker: All right, Jack.
Jack: Move any more high-paying American jobs offshore to Asian shitholes this week?
Bobby Walker: Mostly focused on union busting now; you know how it is.
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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

Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.1 (2011) See more »

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On My Feet
Written by Mark Oliver Everett (as Mark O. Everett)
Performed by Eels (as Eels)
Courtesy of Vagrant Records
Under license from E Works Records
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Examining Painful Contemporary Topics
9 June 2011 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

THE COMPANY MEN is very difficult to watch if you are among the millions of people who have been laid off by the current economic recession/meltdown in this country. Writer/Director John Wells understands the grave aspects of losing a job as corporations and businesses downsize in response to the current economic disaster - depression, humiliation, loss of self-worth and pride, fear of failure in finding new employment, the effects of job loss on marriages and families, loss of hope - it is all here in this very well made film. If the first part of the film causes a reactive tachycardia and an urge to simply stop watching the story, then the closing moments of the film bring at least a little redemption in the faith that man can actually survive and reassess and stop being a victim of a situation over which few of us have any control.

GTX is a shipbuilding empire in Boston, the brainchild of Gene McClary (Tommy Lee Jones) who brought a simple ship building business to a wealthy corporation now run by CEO James Salinger (Craig T. Nelson): McClary is a billionaire with a wife concerned with shopping sprees using the corporate jet and a lover Sally Wilcox (Maria Bello), the HR director of the corporation. The year is 2008 and the stock market and the economy in general have dipped to a new low and terrifying point. The result: downsizing and one of the first to go is sales manager Bobby Walker (Ben Affleck) who is shocked and then hurt and then overcome with a feeling of failure and humiliation. Bobby's wife Maggie (Rosemarie DeWitt) at first responds with desperation but adjusts by taking on work as an ER nurse, coaxing their son to not lose hope in Bobby. Bobby tries to find work but is the victim of the joblessness of the country: he finally accepts Maggie's brother Jack's (Kevin Costner) offer to to work as a simple carpenter. Meanwhile the downsizing includes Gene and longterm employee Phil (Chris Cooper) who is overcome with anger and humiliation at being unemployable because of his advanced age. The manner in which each of these three men cope with the loss of job and income weaves a story that is complete with tragedy as well as a demonstration of the indomitability of the human spirit.

THE COMPANY MEN contains many messages about coping with change, preparing for a realistic financial future, and the delicate line that separates each day's stance on the tightrope of existence. While the story is difficult to watch, the performances by this exceptional cast are excellent, not only among the Oscar winning stars but by the finely wrought cameos by Anthony O'Leary as Bobby's son Drew, Cady Huffman, and Eamonn Walker (so well remember from the TV series OZ), among many others.

This is tough medicine but necessary views on contemporary society.

Grady Harp


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 2011 (USA) 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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1.85 : 1
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