The Company Men (2010)


“I’ve got a kid in college and another one going in the fall. I won’t go back to the factory floor. I’ll take an AK-47 to this place first. ” – Phil

Number of Times Seen – Twice (15 Jan 2011 and 14 Aug 2019)

Brief Synopsis – After their company begins to suffer hard times, a group of executives are fired and must find a way to support their families through these troubling times.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing not long after it came out due to the amazing cast.

They do a nice job here showing how the financial crisis ca affect people at various levels of the corporate ladder in very diverse ways.

Each of them needs to try and find their own way to deal with their new found situation based on their individual background, their experience and the needs of their family.

The cast of this film is superb with Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones and Kevin Costner, yet they wisely make this feel more like an ensemble film and don’t mostly focus on any particular character throughout.

Costner’s character is actually the most like a supporting role here and once again he shows how great an actor he can be in a small role that portrays him as a kind of mentor t another character and he shines brightly in that role.

The story is presented in a very plausible way since it shows how the corporate climate of the world has changed so much over the past few decades to a point where we can see how both the good and the bad trickle down the corporate ladder towards people with varying backgrounds or experience.

This film says quite a lot about the current corporate climate in America and even though it’s almost a decade old, it still seems quite relevant about how things need to change.

Bottom Line – Nice look at how the financial crisis can affect people on different rungs of the corporate ladder and how each of the learn to deal with their new found situation. Amazing cast helps make this story work so much better especially since this is more of an ensemble than feeling like a one man show. Costner once again stands out in a supporting role and stays far away from the spotlight which says so much about how great an actor he can be because he shines so much in these kind of small mentor-like roles. The story seems quite plausible in the climate we all are living in and they show how things trickle down and affects so many people with diverse backgrounds. Says so much about the work environment of the US and how things need to be done in a better way. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – John Wells included real sentences and explanations from CEOs and their wives gathered from his research for the screenplay. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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