104 Min | Drama | January 2010
IMDB Rating: 6.8
Director: John Wells
Starring: Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones
The Company Men Review: “The Company Men” is one of those that really showcases what it’s been like the last couple of years especially in the corporate world of how the layoffs and downsizing have affected many families and the lives of other people. It shows that it’s tough when you fall down and that life is hard when you have to adjust economically really one has to rediscover their fate and way of living. Set in Boston at the height of the economic crisis and collapse director John Wells paints a pretty and somewhat unpleasant picture of how the corporate world changes many lives by downsizing. It centers around the lives of three men who work at a corporate company GTX. And top sells leader Bobby Walker (Ben Affleck) all of a sudden one day is canned and let go as the company can’t afford to pay his salary as demands and stocks fall along with the sales of GTX. Then next is a veteran manager Phil Woodward (Chris Cooper) a man who somewhat is cut in the back and let go in a harsh way.
And this greatly affects the life of both it even drives Phil to a deadly depression. And Bobby’s world is turned upside down as going from $120,000 a year to roughly $60,000 to maybe $80,000 is a big drop. As it affected Bobby’s money world no more golf lessons, gone is the expensive car and maybe Patriot tickets. Heartfelt and life changing is seeing Bobby take up working construction for his wife’s brother (Kevin Costner) going from suit and tie to hard hat! The wild card and conflicted character in The Company Men is veteran GTX manager Gene McClary (Tommy Lee Jones) a man who’s loyal yet hard headed for the company in the meantime deep down Gene knows what’s going on at GTX is not right. Plus McClary is a very conflicted man he’s stressed plus he’s cheating on his wife with a company employee the sexy and elegant Sally Wilcox (Maria Bello).
In The Company Men, during it all the trio of men feel the highs and lows of life and it’s ever changing economic and social climates. Really it’s a time to ponder and rediscover as it proves for both Bobby and Gene it’s never late to start over even if it is less still it’s a change and rediscovery of happiness. Overall, The Company Men is a good film that captures the reality of the corporate and economic recessions of the last few years it’s so true of how companies do downsizing of their men which alters and changes lives forever.