Company Men, The (2010)
The Company Men review
All of us work for a living, whatever business or job we may have. Unfortunately, we cannot control certain circumstances like recessions, downsizing, declining stocks, etc. I have stumbled upon a film that encompasses these harsh realities how individuals who are earning for a living, deal with these unfortunate events. These competent men who were laid-off include a Head of Sales (Bobby Walker (Ben Affleck), a middle Manager named Phil Woodward (Chris Cooper) and one of the GTX founders/executive Gene McClary (Tommy Lee Jones). They were living a luxurious life and were capable of managing their expenses (car, mortgage, golf club, etc.). They had to struggle to survive the gruesome economic times and vindictive mass layoffs.
The film starts with the posh houses, exquisite furniture and fixtures, and expensive cars. These symbolize the accomplishments of the 3 main protagonists. A number of employees lose their jobs after servicing their company for years. Their lives go downhill after being let go by the company due to downsizing and recession. Surprisingly, a new building and office is built for the President and other executives. Gene disagrees with management’s decisions so he is axed as well. This movie can be realistic in most companies especially if the revenue is declining. Expenses are getting heavier for those unemployed and striving to earn a buck has been hard. Jack Dolan (Kevin Costner) helps Bobby during his darkest moments. Phil commits suicide because he wouldn’t be taken back to the company and the trials he endured during job interviews because of his age. A lot can be learned from this gripping film about family, depression, and job cuts. Having a decent meal, supportive friends and a solid understanding family is more important than having a high paying profession. The film’s tone was very heavy and could have had a better inspirational soundtrack during the latter portion. No doubts about the acting ability of the main character however the script could have been improved. It was still a good debut from the director. More entertaining than Wallstreet: Money Never Sleeps.