The Company Men (2010)


The Company Men is the story of three men who experience the hardships of corporate downsizing at their company.

Bobby Walker is a young executive with a wife and kids who loses his job and has to find a way to a new career to support his family. Gene McClary and Phil Woodward have been with the company a bit longer, and try to fight to save not only their jobs, but also the jobs of the 3,000 men and women who are downsized. The film shows how the downsizing affects not only their lives, but also the lives of their friends and family.


The Scoop

The Company Men is directed by John Wells, who has no theatrical directing experience to his name, but he has produced everything from TV shows like E.R and The West Wing to recently previewed film Cracks. He did directed episodes of E.R and The West Wing, so he isn’t without directing experience, but his lack of theatrical experience could negatively affect the film.

Who’s It For?

Most likely R.

Movie Release Date

October 22, 2010.

Who’s In It?

Ben Affleck … Bobby Walker
Maria Bello … Sally Wilcox
Kevin Costner … Jack Dolan
Tommy Lee Jones … Gene McClary
Chris Cooper … Phil Woodward
Craig T. Nelson

Related Movies

Up in the Air, Thank You for Smoking, Burn After Reading

What’s Good About It?

Tommy Lee Jones rocks. The story could provide some mild entertainment, as long as it doesn’t get bogged down in the filmmakers’ anti-corporate political views. A lot of people have lost their jobs in recent years. The Company Men make strike a cord with them.

What’s Bad About It?

Kevin Costner does not rock. The film has too much potential for soapbox preaching about the evils of big corporations. I don’t look for politics from Hollywood. Bollywood? Yes. But not Hollywood.

Our Clever Prediction

The Company Men is starting with a relatively small release in New York and LA, but it should open wide afterward. I doubt the box office will be huge, but there is potential for some Oscar nominations, especially with the ten slots for Best Picture. A nomination would help the box office quite a bit.

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