A headhunter whose life revolves around closing deals in a survival-of-the-fittest boiler room, battles his top rival for control of their job placement company -- his dream of owning the company clashing with the needs of his family.


Mark Williams


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerard Butler ... Dane Jensen
Gretchen Mol ... Elise
Alison Brie ... Lynn
Anupam Kher ... Dr. Singh
Alfred Molina ... Lou Wheeler
Willem Dafoe ... Ed Blackridge
Dylan Roberts Dylan Roberts ... Bob
Dustin Milligan ... Sumner
Maxwell Jenkins ... Ryan
Julia Butters ... Lauren
Mimi Kuzyk ... Bernadine
Dwain Murphy ... Antoine
Kathleen Munroe ... Toni
Jess Berry ... Dottie
Tim Hopper Tim Hopper ... Tommy


As the boss (Willem Dafoe) of a Chicago-based headhunter prepares to retire, Dane Jensen (Gerard Butler), who works at the Blackridge Recruiting agency arranging jobs for engineers, vies to achieve his longtime goal of taking over the company going head-to-head with his ambitious rival, Lynn Vogel (Alison Brie). However, Dane's 10-year-old son, Ryan (Maxwell Jenkins), is suddenly diagnosed with cancer and his professional priorities at work and personal priorities at home begin to clash with one another. Written by LuzerneCountySheriff

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Brings Alfred Molina and Willem Dafoe together again for the first time since Spider-Man 2 (2004). See more »


[first lines]
Dane Jensen: [narrating] I am a headhunter and I am the purest form of salesman alive. I sell the American dream. I make money out of thin air, smoke, whole cloth. I stand on the shoulders of giants, the hardest of hardened salesmen. Tin men, Bible salesmen, slum realtors. We're a wolf pack of commissioned phone jockeys working 70 hours a week without a net. You hit, you hit big. You blank, and the repo man's tailgating the minivan at the grocery store. This job is a desk, a phone, a chair, and ...
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References The Godfather: Part III (1990) See more »


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An important movie
14 August 2017 | by rainyday_1995See all my reviews

People are not entirely good or entirely bad, this is a model movie that portrays a man doing the right thing in the wrong way. On one hand he is trying to provide for his family and climb up the ranks but on the other hand he does morally wrong things and neglects his family in the process. He is a man we can relate to and in this movie we become invested in him neither hating him nor loving him but sympathizing with him.

Something unexpected happens and our investment becomes even heightened, we cry, laugh and cry all over again. You see happiness, sadness and pure life in this movie - well acted. It is also nice to see marriage portrayed in all it's ups and downs without adding too much drama other than that of unexpected life.

I loved this movie and would recommend it!

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28 July 2017 (USA) See more »

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