Rated R · 115 minutes · 2011

Ben Affleck gives one of his best performances yet as Bobby Walker, a hotshot salesman who loses his job to corporate downsizing. At first, he’s cocky, thinking everybody will want his talents for their company. As time passes, there are no takers, he begins to lose his worldly possessions, and must take a job as a carpenter’s assistant working for his brother-in-law (Kevin Costner). Affleck captures a lot in his work here, making Bobby a compelling representation of current, hard times. Tommy Lee Jones is also very good as a corporate executive hit by the changing times, as is Chris Cooper as a lower-level executive who finds himself out of options. If anything, the movie suffers a bit from its cop-out, shiny, optimistic ending. Many people going through Bobby Walker’s dilemma don’t get it so good in the end, and a movie that conveyed that might’ve been depressing, but it would’ve been truthful.
Official Site: weinsteinco.com/#/film/the_company_men
Director: John Wells
Producer: Claire Rudnick Polstein, Paula Weinstein, John Wells and Barbara Hall
Cast: Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Kevin Costner, Tommy Jones, Maria Bello, Rosemarie DeWitt, Craig Nelson, John Doman, Liam Ferguson, Cady Huffman, Tonye Patano, Dana Eskelson, Kent Shocknek, Scott Winters, Tom Kemp, Frank Ridley, Carrie Quinn, Anthony O'Leary and James Colby


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Creative Loafing Atlanta The Company Men looks at life in the unemployment line Better recession-era movies makes John Wells' film replaceable by Curt Holman 01/19/2011
Portland Mercury White-Collar Panic The Company Men: Like good TV, but more middling! by Andrew Wright 02/10/2011
Charleston City Paper The Company Men is relevant but heavy handed at times Every generation has its definitive cataclysm: World War II, Vietnam, Watergate, and the loss of innocence and despair those events bring. The Company Men is no different in charting the central tribulation of our own age. The suits in the film are dealing with their own traumatic after-effects, though this time from an economic cataclysm: the 2008 Wall Street meltdown. These high-level execs shuffle with their sad cardboard boxes through corporate parking lots, shout affirmative mantras at career centers, and try to grapple with having their master-of-the-universe chairs kicked out from under them. The film opens with a survey of American plenitude: status cars lined up in driveways, understated mansions, rec rooms filled with computer games and kitchen counters equipped with a jackpot of shiny, expensive Williams-Sonoma appliances. Ensconced in that plush upper-middle-class world is sales executive Bobby Walker (Ben Affleck), who is also the first to go when The Company Men opens. Walker is a cocky 37-year-old gunning for CEO who's stunned to see his trajectory dramatically interrupted by corporate downsizing. by Felicia Feaster 01/19/2011
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Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week Just Go With It, Justin Bieber Never Say Never, The Company Men, Rabbit Hole and more. 02/10/2011
Chicago Reader Jobless in America The Company Men gets real about getting fired by J.R. Jones 01/20/2011
The Coast Halifax The collapse of The Company Men John Wells tries to squeeze in too much, but it still isn't enough. by Matt Semansky 02/17/2011
Colorado Springs Independent Downsized and out: The Company Men The Company Men uses the dramatic feature film as field notes toward an anthropology of corporate downsizing. by Jonathan Kiefer 02/10/2011
East Bay Express The Bargain Rack: Red Hill, Somewhere, and The Company Men Aussie action, Tinseltown malaise, and downsized executives for sale. by Kelly Vance 12/29/2010

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