Review: 'Two Jews On Film' Don't Want To Keep Company With 'The Company Men' (Video)
The year is 2008 and the U.S. along with rest of the world is on the brink of financial ruin. 'The Company Men' written and director by John Wells (ER, The West Wing) shows what happens when the 'American Dream' turns into a nightmare. We follow three men...Bobby Walker (Ben Affleck) a hot shot sales executive at GTX. He has a huge mortgage, two kids and a pretty wife (Rosemarie DeWitt). He plays golf at the country club and drives a shiny new Porsche. Phil Woodward (Chris Cooper)who worked his way up the corporate ladder at GTX and now has the big house, a wife with expensive taste and a daughter about to go off to Brown...And Gene McClary (Tommy Lee Jones) who helped build GTX into the mega transportation conglomerate it is today...When the ruthless CEO (Craig T. Nelson) decides to wipe out a division of his company, all in the name of profit...Bobby, Phil and Gene not only lose their jobs but are forced to redefine their lives as husbands, fathers and most importantly, as men. 'The Company Men' will hit home for a lot of people. It paints a depressing but accurate portrait of a bleak practically non existent job market especially for men over the age of forty. And that's the problem with this film...It doesn't tell us anything we don't already know from watching the news these last couple of years. Despite the Hollywood ending, the film hits us over the head over and over again with its heaviness. Rounding out the cast is Maria Bello as Tommy Lee Jones mistress and Kevin Costner as Affleck's construction worker brother in law who winds up giving him a job. The 'Two Jews On Film' give 'The Company Men' 4 bagels out of 10. Opens in theater, Friday December 10, 2010.