This is absolutely one of the worst pieces of trash I've ever seen. This blatant "issue" movie, in an attempt to say something important, says nothing. Infantile screenwriting. On-the-nose dialogue. How does a writer/director this bad even gain enough influence to be able to direct Roger Deakins and Chris Cooper? Why did any of them sign on? There's no surprise, inevitability or enjoyment amongst The Company Men.
Pity the poor upper class, tossed out of work and unable to have their hundred dolllar lunches or pay country club dues and keep their golf game up while searching for work. http://eddieonfilm.blogspot.com/2011/02/when-you-go-from-well-off-to-jobless.html
It's the sad reality about losing a job and finding it. This story won't make an impact to you if you don't know how it feels like when you're aging and jobless. What a scary situation that really is. This movie doesn't go overboard and remains pragmatic on the realism that is the American Dream. Great cast, good story, and ends with a positive note for us all. Because you gotta have "Faith! Courage! Enthusiasm!"
The acting is great, the story is crap. Watched 2/3rds and quit. Yes, corporate America is anti-human. However, small business is all too human, and none of that is shown here. Glorification of the unreal is not of interest. Thank you.
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.
Amidst the global economic downturn, a few shinny boys lose their jobs and are confronted with their own egos and test their boundaries. A fine ensemble albeit none of them quite standing out, deliver a heartfelt result that seem to be quite relevant to today's realities.