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Movie Review: The Company Men

Alternate Title: You Are What You Do

Story: The financial meltdown that erupted across this land in September of 2008 is the core of this film. How it effects the lives of three men, who all worked for a company called GTX out of Boston is it's structure. It was written and directed by first timer John Wells who is best known for his work on TV (ER, The West Wing).

In order to save the bottom line of this huge corporation the layoffs begin. Bobby Walker, a cocky 37 year old top salesman gets the axe and his behavior makes it difficult to sympathize with him at all at the beginning. Phil Woodward, an almost 60ish man also gets the axe and is devastated. Gene McClary, co-founder of the company gets his walking papers and handles it best - perhaps because he has the most money saved.

We watch these men go through the five stages of grief with varying degrees of success. The women in the film have truncated roles and tend to be as stereotypical as the men.

Even though the film is formulaic and feels more like it could have been a fine made for TV movie it makes a point. My movie buddy and I kept sinking lower and lower in our seats. At one point my movie buddy said to me 'The film is making me sad' - I retorted 'It is making me hungry' and pulled out my lunch.

Should you go see this? It is not a waste of 100 minutes but you can wait for it to be on Cable. A better use of your time and money is to go see 'Inside Job' http://www.judithwolfe.com/lobosmoviereviews/reviews/insidejob.html and see how this financial debacle happened.

Watch the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPohmhNFwi4

Acting: Everyone plays their stereotypical roles just fine including: Tommy Lee Jones (Gene McClary), Ben Affleck (Bobby Walker), Chris Cooper (Phil Woodward), Maria Bello (Sally Wilcox), Rosemarie DeWitt (Maggie Walker), Kevin Costner (Jack Dolan), Craig T. Nelson (James Salinger) and Eamonn Walker (Danny Mills).

Trivia: Director and writer John Wells is an American theater and television producer, writer and director. He is best known for his role as executive producer and show runner of the television series ER, Third Watch, and The West Wing. Wells is also a labor leader, and was elected president of the Writers Guild of America, West in 2009, after serving a prior term in that office from 1999–2001

Predilection: None

Critters: None

Food: A Thanksgiving meal, Cobb Salad and rib eye steak were ordered but were not seen eaten.

Sex Spectrum: Sex is implied but not shown.

Blatant Product Placement: Lots of product placement including Porsche, Titleist, Marlboros, Glenlivet, Sierra Nevada and Apple.

Soundtrack: Predictable

Opening Titles: A nice montage of the three main characters getting ready for work leaving their very privileged houses and driving their fancy cars.

Visual Art: Three Degas'

Theater Audience: Three other people and us.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I didn't drift but did look at my watch after only one hour.

Predictability Level: High

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Rental is fine.

Length: 100 minutes

LOBO HOWLS: 7