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The Company Men

The Company Men

Director: John Wells
Writer: John Wells
Starring: Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Costner, Chris Cooper
Review By: Klash

When business man Bobby Walker gets laid off from GTX due to corporate downsizing he is faced with the difficulties of finding employment. With no foreseeable job opportunities and a lack of options he is forced to move his family into his parent’s home and take a job working for his brother-in-law as a carpenter. Next there is Gene McClary who is a company man and friends with the CEO of GTX Jim Salinger. Gene who is more concerned for the employees than he is profits is let go due to several disputes he has with Salinger on this topic. Finally there is Phil Woodard, a man who started at the very bottom of the ladder at GTX and after many years of service earned his way into an executive position. Unlike Walker who is still fairly young, Phil is in his sixties and finds that in his later years getting a new job is nearly impossible.

Through the movie the viewer follows the struggles each man faces and how they come to realize that they still have lives which are not run by the normal grind of the nine to five they once lived by. This was a movie, that’s about it. I couldn’t bring myself to feel bad for any of the characters when I think about real people who are actually struggling with unemployment or still have jobs and can’t make ends meet. The story of three fictional characters that went from being successful and making immense amounts of money to making nothing and being unemployed isn’t something I really care about. I would have just assumed watched a bad eighties action flick and would have been more entertained.

Rating: One Guy

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