One of the first casualties of a corporate downsize is Bobby Walker, a hot-shot sales executive who is living the idyllic life—complete with two kids and a mortgaged picket fence. His boss, and founder of the company, doesn’t take Bobby’s severance well, and he storms into the boardroom to demand a reprieve of the severe measures. He learns quickly that some choices are out of his hands, and this is only the beginning. We embark on a journey that is all too familiar in today’s recessionary economy: one that will test friendships, loyalties, and family bonds.
John Wells explores the powerlessness of losing one’s job while examining how anger, fear, and forced humility can replace the security of “normal.” The inspired casting of great actors, lending their formidable insight to this timely story, makes The Company Men a tribute to America’s unsung heroes: hard-working men caught in life’s unexpected misfortunes. —Sundance Film Festival
Disappointing film. Tommy Lee Jones was ok, but other than that it wasn't a believable look at downsizing or one where the characters were sympathetic. For Affleck's character to be upset about the CEO's salary seemed silly. As immersed in corporate culture as he was, he would only wish it was his own. Being a carpenter's helper does not magically make someone a better person. it expects emotion it doesn't earn.
Tries to cover too much ground involving too many poorly-written characters in too little time. Also tonedeaf to the point that a request to use the corporate jet for a shopping trip is treated with the same (lack of) gravitas as a car exhaust suicide. Highly watchable thanks to the Grade A cast (Tommy Lee Jones & Costner especially) & Mr. Roger Deakins, but Wells' punch-the-clock efficiency lets the film down.
Manoel de Oliveira turns 102 today and, as Vitor Pinto reports in Cineuropa, the Portuguese are celebrating with a re-release of his debut