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The Company Men Review

Movies.com Critics

2.5

Dave White Profile

Corporate sadness Read full review

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  • 4.0
    69

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Kevin Costner, as Bobby's carpenter brother-in-law, does the finest character acting of his career.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    For all his years doing "E.R." and other top-line TV series, Mr. Wells hasn't yet tailored his techniques to the big screen.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

Thoughtful, heavy drama about the downsized.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this timely and topical drama -- which focuses on three executives who are forced to reexamine their values after losing their jobs -- is likely to be much more relatable for adults than for teens. There's also some mature content, including brief nudity, a lot of swearing ("s--t," "f--k," and more), and a good deal of drinking (including characters drinking to drown their sorrows). On the up side, characters who are initially invested in the material comforts of an increasingly upscale life learn that loyalty to friends and family is more important than pride.

  • Families can talk about how movies (and other media) reflect the state of society. Should movies offer escapist entertainment, or do they have a duty to address real-life problems?
  • How do the characters change over the course of the movie? What do they learn? How does the way they identify themselves shift?
  • Do you think businesses owe loyalty to their employees or their shareholders? Are layoffs just part of business?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: The movie makes the point that many people define themselves by their work and by the stuff they buy with the money they earn at work -- and, in doing so, sometimes neglect more important things, including family and loyalty. The characters in this film learn a new set of values after being stripped of the jobs that are, initially, the core of their identities.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Some of the executives are notable for their loyalty to their employees, going out of their way to protect jobs and take care of their longtime colleagues. Others are smarmy corporate suits who are happy to take home a fat paycheck while laying off thousands of people in an attempt to boost the company’s stock price. While it’s clear that loyalty is to be valued, those who lack it still get rich. It’s just business.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: One man, dispirited and depressed, throws rocks at his former office building.

  • sex false4

    Sex: A woman is briefly shown topless after getting out of bed; her naked back is also seen, as are shots of her putting on a bra. Couples are sometimes shown talking in bed, before or after having sex.

  • language false4

    Language: Frequent language includes “s--t,” “d--k,” “f--k,” and “motherf--ker.”

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Many consumer brands are mentioned or appear on screen, including a Porsche and Titleist golf clubs. One of the film's key themes is the accumulation of expensive consumer products, and some scenes feature people talking about expensive purchases and planning shopping trips.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some social drinking. Several scenes take place in bars as disheartened, unemployed people drown their frustrations and are sometimes shown quite drunk. One character smokes occasionally.

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