The Company Men

The Company Men

The Company Men

Drama about corporate high-flyers who find themselves jobless once the 2008 recession hits. From the producer of TV's The West Wing, starring Ben Affleck, Mario Bello, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper and Kevin Costner.

Bobby (Affleck) is living the dream: great job, beautiful family, shiny Porsche. Then the recession hits and corporate downsizing leaves him and co-worker executives Phil (Cooper) and Gene (Lee Jones) jobless. Surplus to requirements in tough times, the three men need to restructure their lives. Bobby's attempts see him enduring enthusiastic life coaching, building houses for his brother-in-law (Costner) and realising "that there's more to life than chasing the bigger, better deal".

2010109 minsUSA
Drama
82%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

The pain feels cushioned and secondhand, the characters are not terribly sympathetic or interesting other than for their misfortune, and the film shows little interest in analyzing the situation other than to point fingers at greedy CEOs.

0
TVNZ

TVNZ

press

An impressive ensemble cast come together in this film about downsizing and the effects it has on a man's psyche.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

While it may not have quite the quotability of Glengarry Glen Ross, John Wells’ first movie is a very modern and equally depressing tale of corporate downsizing and CEO tyrants.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The movie is realistic enough to make all corporate climbers, but especially men over 50, quake in their boots. If you are what you do, what are you if you're no longer doing it?

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Although the actors are convincing and the film well-crafted, The Company Men delivers few satisfactory character portraits because the movie isn't really about characters, it's about economic units.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Wells knows how to extract the goods from a great cast, but it's in service of a somewhat mundane story. Still, it'll make you think about the imbalance in the business world, even if the arguments and consequences are nothing all that revolutionary.

3.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

The cast doesn't treat The Company Men like a slideshow. They take something overly schematic and imbue it with real anxiety, shame, and humility.

0

Wait for dvd

Tommy Lee-Jones and Chris Cooper pulled out excellent performances in this film and even Kevin Costner comes off as quite likable but Ben Affleck can't quite pull his role off which is disappointing as the main story revolves around his character.

3.0
0

Well worth a watch...

I found this great escapism - a good look into how the other half lives, and fails to 'live' once their world crumbles beneath them. Ben Affleck was superb in the role (with The Town and this, he can almost be forgiven for his J'Lo chick-flick fail days). His character is frustrating, you just wanted to shake him and make him see sense in what his wife was...

3.0
0

Probably a story an unfortunate number can relate to these days.

Entertaining, a little " motherhood and apple pie" in style, but worth the going.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

The pain feels cushioned and secondhand, the characters are not terribly sympathetic or interesting other than for their misfortune, and the film shows little interest in analyzing the situation other than to point fingers at greedy CEOs.

0
TVNZ

TVNZ

press

An impressive ensemble cast come together in this film about downsizing and the effects it has on a man's psyche.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

While it may not have quite the quotability of Glengarry Glen Ross, John Wells’ first movie is a very modern and equally depressing tale of corporate downsizing and CEO tyrants.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The movie is realistic enough to make all corporate climbers, but especially men over 50, quake in their boots. If you are what you do, what are you if you're no longer doing it?

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Although the actors are convincing and the film well-crafted, The Company Men delivers few satisfactory character portraits because the movie isn't really about characters, it's about economic units.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Wells knows how to extract the goods from a great cast, but it's in service of a somewhat mundane story. Still, it'll make you think about the imbalance in the business world, even if the arguments and consequences are nothing all that revolutionary.

3.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

The cast doesn't treat The Company Men like a slideshow. They take something overly schematic and imbue it with real anxiety, shame, and humility.

0

Wait for dvd

Tommy Lee-Jones and Chris Cooper pulled out excellent performances in this film and even Kevin Costner comes off as quite likable but Ben Affleck can't quite pull his role off which is disappointing as the main story revolves around his character.

3.0
0

Well worth a watch...

I found this great escapism - a good look into how the other half lives, and fails to 'live' once their world crumbles beneath them. Ben Affleck was superb in the role (with The Town and this, he can almost be forgiven for his J'Lo chick-flick fail days). His character is frustrating, you just wanted to shake him and make him see sense in what his wife...

3.0
0

Probably a story an unfortunate number can relate to these days.

Entertaining, a little " motherhood and apple pie" in style, but worth the going.

3.0
0