The Company Men

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The Company Men

John Wells (2010)

15 Certificate


Our Score
The belated feature debut of John Wells, who made his name in TV with ER and The West Wing, The Company Men ought to have been a big deal on release in 2011. A film for our times, it deals with the harsh realities of life at the sharp end of the recession, with Ben Affleck and Chris Cooper as white-collar execs forced to readjust when they are downsized by a global corporation (CEO: Craig T Nelson, deputy Tommy Lee Jones). While Cooper keeps up appearances for the neighbours, Affleck retrains as a manual labourer with brother-in-law Kevin Costner. An unbelievably sad and moving story about masculinity, it proved as toxic at the box office as a subprime mortgage.


A corporation enters serious financial difficulties and thousands of employees find themselves out of a job. A successful salesman resists offers of help from his house-building brother-in-law, while two veteran executives find the business world has changed drastically since they were last looking for work. Drama, starring Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones and Kevin Costner.

Cast & Crew

Bobby Walker Ben Affleck
Gene McClary Tommy Lee Jones
Phil Woodward Chris Cooper
Jack Dolan Kevin Costner
Sally Wilcox Maria Bello
Maggie Walker Rosemarie DeWitt
James Salinger Craig T Nelson
Danny Mills Eamonn Walker
Director John Wells
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: SwearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 11 Mar 2011