The Company Men (2010)

There is hope in this world after all: when American directors like John Wells manage to write and produce a film like  “The Company Men“, it means that even in the world of the American dream, things become more and more clear for more and more people.

There are people who own companies and really devoted their entire lives in building and expanding them. So, it is natural to struggle for the survival of their creation in a highly competitive world.

But creating a company is not the feast of only one person. It usually involves a lot more who struggle with them for the same common goal. People who do make sacrifices in order to make things happen. Yes, they are paid of course for what they are doing (much better in the States than in any other place worldwide). But in many cases personal life is put second to achieve a company goal. Is it worth it? This is a question to be answered by each and every person working in a company, now, more than ever.

Is profit the only goal in this world? Does it worth having a couple of thousands of people loosing their jobs to boost the price of a market share? Is it ethical to fire people who devoted their entire life in a company because of a downsizing?

Some say yes. Others may say no.

Why did I like this film: because it presents all the above in a logical, step-by-step manner to understand how things happening in a bigger scale than us, affect our lives, our families, our relationships and our values. How different people react under the same circumstances. How they are supported or not by their companions.

In my opinion, it is a film that one should not miss.

My rating: 09/10

1 Comment

  1. Thanks for the excellent review – I think film does take multiple viewpoints through the eyes of main characters that confront the same situation, in the same time but from different (hierarchical) standpoints.

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