‘The Company Men’ Seeks Sympathy for the Upper Class

The Company Men
Ben Affleck is one of 'The Company Men' (The Weinstein Co.)

What is the dividing line between the middle class and the upper class? All I know is that I’ve never been close to it, which perhaps makes me less sympathetic than others when a movie seeks to make more-moneyed characters its beleaguered heroes. Like ‘The Company Men,’ which opens today at Angelika Plano.

“There’s a great movie to be made about the effect of the 2008 financial crisis upon ordinary Americans, but “The Company Men” isn’t it. The film, photographed by Roger Deakins and edited by Robert Frazen, with production design by David J. Bomba, certainly looks terrific, and is very tastefully presented in lovely, fading shades of autumnal New England. And the script by John Wells, who also directed, is obviously a well-intentioned attempt to come to grips with the challenges faced by men whose identity is tied up with their careers.

“It’s the American Dream, after all, to have a long and successful career, with the rewards of prestige and power. But “The Company Men” feels like it’s stuck in the ’50s.”

You can read my full review at Red Carpet Crash.

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