Corporate downsizing due to the economic condition of America in the past few years, has traced tragic stories of financial difficulties focused on both the individuals involved, as well as the corporations. Some attempt to inject a bit of humor like Up in the Air, which was a cinematic portrayal of a plunging economy. The Company Men decides to turn the other way. The result is a gloom and moody satire of the mighty America losing its way a bit, extending both at the workplace and at home.
The story surrounds three well to do working men who have devoted their entire lives to a shipbuilding company located in Boston, which currently is facing difficult times. Ben Affleck acts as a young sales executive, who suddenly loses his job, he then goes into an emotional tailspin despite the support of his loving levelheaded wife.
Even more devastated is a middle-aged worker named Phil, played by Chris Cooper, who was a former shop worker now working under Gene, played by the always fabulous Tommy Lee Jones. Then there’s the founder of the company, the CEO (Craig T. Nelson,) now forced to look into new ways to cut costs while attempting to drive up his market share.
Bobby, still full of pride and vinegar, and still racing around in his Porsche, refuses to take a step down, and accepting a construction worker job from his brother in law, (Kevin Costner). He does not offer Bobby the once $150K+ salary he once pulled from his previous job.
Reviews Of ‘The Company Men’ Movie
Movie Review: The Company Men. Share. Author: Brian King — Published: Jan 25, 2011 at 3:44 pm 0 comments. When you devote yourself to work, losing your job can be difficult to deal with. You can become angry, turn to despair, …
Publish Date: 01/25/2011 12:44
Judging by the reviews of “The Company Men,” former “ER” producer John Wells has made a smooth transition from TV to film directing.
Publish Date: 01/21/2011 20:00
In the new film The Company Men, Boston-based Global Transportation Systems (GTX) is a company in crisis. Bobby Walker (Ben Affleck) is their Northeast Regional Sales Manager who, after twelve years, has become accustomed to his $120K …
Publish Date: 01/21/2011 19:07
Of course most films are aiming to make their subject matter feel real, but in The Company Men’s case, the topic may hit a little too close to home for some. Seasoned TV writer and producer John Wells’ very first feature film focuses on …
Publish Date: 01/21/2011 13:14
Essentially a horror film for the white-collar workers over 50, The Company Men follows three suits (Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper) trying.
Publish Date: 01/23/2010 14:32
First-time director John Wells, who dabbled in TV with The West Wing and ER, wraps his story around the main three lives, all who are still living beyond their means, and their morals. This flick successfully has a decent lineup of name stars going for it.
There are portrayals of how they are realizing that the entire corporate game is rigged. There are the usual extramarital affairs and the expected bank failures as well. The movie then rounds out with speeches of their personal and the economic condition which wanders slightly from the movie’s slightly darkly and amusing first half.