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Review of The Company Men at Sundance 2010

Sundance Snapshot: The Company Men

One of the films I was most interested in checking out at Sundance was The Company Men. The timely tale, which focuses on three high-paid corporate executives slapped with downsizing at their company, boasts a stellar cast and is already drawing comparisons to Up in the Air. But does it have the same potential for success?

  • Who's behind it? Like I said, there are some heavy hitters here: Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper, Maria Bello, Craig T. Nelson and Rosemarie DeWitt star in the film, with writer and first time director John Wells at the helm.
  • What's it about? Affleck, Jones and Cooper play three colleagues who excel at their jobs and have plenty to show for it—big houses, fancy cars, privileged families living in the suburbs of Boston. Their cushy lifestyles are quickly brought into jeopardy, however, when massive layoffs begin at their company and the men are forced to re-examine themselves, their careers and their family lives as they face unemployment and potentially losing everything they've been working for all their lives.

To find out what I thought of the movie, keep reading.

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  • What did I think? The film gives an engaging, accurate portrayal of unemployment in the current economy. The juxtaposition of the three lives, families (and even their homes) ties the story together nicely and all of the actors give very solid performances. However, there's just something that feels insincere about watching high-paid actors pretending to really understand what it feels like to lose everything. Perhaps the movie is a little too timely, since we all still know plenty of people who continue to struggle every day. That said, I think the film is primed and ready to go for major release—but the real question is whether or not audiences are feeling up to another film about the depressing realities of the economic downturn.

Be sure to check out all of my Sundance movie reviews!

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