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The Company Men
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07.06.2011 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
John Wells

Actors:
Ben Affleck
Tommy Lee Joes
Maria Bello
Chris Cooper
Kevin Costner

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Bobby Walker (Ben Affleck) is a hotshot exec with a perfect family, a beautiful home, and a high-paying job. In a flash, corporate restructuring sees Walker unemployed, with zero prospects, no savings, and no way to support his family. He winds up moving his family in with his parents, and taking a manual-labour job with his brother-in-law, Jack (Kevin Costner). Meanwhile, his former boss (Tommy Lee Jones) also finds himself the victim of corporate downsizing, and despite his still-considerable-wealth, finds himself utterly unprepared to be a retiree at a relatively young age.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
COMPANY MEN was a film I caught at Sundance back in 2010, but, despite enjoying it, immediately slipped my mind to the extent that I forgot to review it along with my Sundance coverage, and only remembered seeing after catching a trailer months later. However, donít let my neglect of COMPANY MEN stop you from checking it out, as itís a pretty good little movie. Itís just that sandwiched between some of the truly exceptional films I caught at Sundance that year, itís didnít stick out- but thatís not to say itís not good on its own merits.

For one thing, COMPANY MEN is an extremely timely film, with our economy still in the toilets, and more and more folks struggling to make ends meet every day. The characters in COMPANY MEN are the type of white-collar professionals that would have been living high off the hog ten a years ago, but are now essentially obsolete. For Affleckís character, a young man with a large family to support, this is a devastating situation, and COMPANY MEN does not gloss over his struggles. Although this pales next to THE TOWN, COMPNAY MEN is yet more proof that Affleck is truly back to his A-game as a leading man.

However, the most devastating storyline belongs to Chris Cooperís character- who plays Affleckís supervisor, who, at fifty- is without a pension or benefits, and has no way to support his family, including a sick wife. While weíve no doubt that the relatively young Affleck will bounce back at some point, itís Cooperís middle-aged family man whoís truly screwed, and his downfall is the most tragic part of the film.

Tommy Lee Jones also does solid work as Affleckís CEO, who- at sixty, is now a premature retiree. While heís got enough stock in the company to still be a rich man, his guilt over the downfall of his subordinates leads to a nasty mid-life crisis, which includes a torrid affair with the very woman who fired him, played by Maria Bello, who adds nuance to a character that could have come off as a monster.
THE EXTRAS
Not a bad package for the COMPANY MEN- including deleted scenes , commentary . and an alternate ending .
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Overall, this is a very solid film that, while lost amid the Oscar contenders of the late-fall, deserves to find a receptive audience on blu-ray/DVD (although it seems the Weinstein Co., cut a good ten minutes out of the film after itís Sundance debut). Itís a good, timely film, and well-worth checking out.
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4:44PM on 07/06/2011
I enjoyed this movie. I think it could have been a bit more groundbreaking with the current climate we are in, but definitively worthy of a viewing.
I enjoyed this movie. I think it could have been a bit more groundbreaking with the current climate we are in, but definitively worthy of a viewing.
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