America’s economic woes and downsizing trend strikes home for three executives who find themselves out of their high-paying jobs and back on the job market. As the three realize the seriousness of their situations they each embark on different paths of survival.
Ben Affleck (Bobby), Tommy Lee Jones (Gene), Chris Cooper (Phil), Suzanne Rico (Gail), Craig T. Nelson (Salinger), Kevin Costner (Jack), Kent Shocknek (Rittenour), Adrianne Krstansky (Carol), Lewis Wheeler (Ken).
The Company Men starts off a bit slow before building into some drama. From there the film is a plodding examination of how depressing the U.S. economy is at the moment. Down the road a few years this one might be more entertaining as a drama but at the moment it is essentially a depressing reminder of how bad things are for a lot of people. Sadly the ending is a meager attempt to bring some light back into the film but fails in sincerity.
Acting was good from most everyone involved. Affleck delivered his usual with a glimmer of modesty. Jones was right on the mark with nice emotion and delivery. Cooper fit his role perfectly and did well, as did Nelson and Costner.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were solid with nice attention to detail. Dialogue was good and felt realistic throughout. Sound and soundtrack were good.
Overall the film had a solid, quality feel with good attention to detail and well done acting. Even the story is good despite being quite depressing. Watch this one if the current economic situation and joblessness doesn’t bother you, and you enjoy a good drama. Otherwise, find a happier film.
With some foul language and mild nudity this should be fine for older teens and above.
The Company Men is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
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Star rating: 3 out of 5
copyright ©2012 Dave Riedel
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