Let’s see now. With the SINGLE WHITE FEMALE-like psychological thriller THE ROOMMATE not screened for critics and the action thriller SANCTUM’s screening snowed out this past Tuesday, my critical options were limited this week.
THE COMPANY MEN is a star-studded low profile drama taking on today’s new realities of American life.
In THE COMPANY MEN, Ben Affleck is living the proverbial American dream. Great corporate job at the mighty GTX conglomerate. Beautiful family. Country club membership. And a Porsche in the garage.
But all that is about to go down the drain. It’s called downsizing and leaves Ben along with co-workers Chris Cooper and Tommy Lee Jones jobless. Three men at the top of their game now forced to re-define their lives as men, husbands and fathers.
Affleck enrolls in a life coaching course, ending up with a job building houses with his brother-in-law Kevin Costner.
Affleck’s boss Tommy Lee Jones can’t believe what’s happened to him and explodes at his boss Craig T. Nelson-–only to experience a similar fate. And the downsizing continues. Chris Cooper is next. He’s seen as being too old for his position despite his many years of experience.
THE COMPANY MEN is life after severance payments and the hatchet woman, played by Maria Bello.
It’s the ‘suits’ facing the realities of today’s business world in America!
What the upheavals do to their lives, marriages and self-confidence isn’t pretty, but does offer a light at the end of their dark and kaputt tunnels. If a more humble life beyond boardrooms and corporate America.
THE COMPANY MEN; a well crafted sign of our times opening at 7 area theatres to 3-1/2 out of 5 devalued fingers.
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