Blu-ray Review: THE COMPANY MEN

J.C. De Leon

by: J.C. De Leon
June 15th, 2011

In these hard economic times, Lord knows we’ve all got our own problems to deal with, but have we ever stopped to think about what life is like for the highly paid executives? Probably not, but THE COMPANY MEN proved that, when we forget about the real world for a couple of hours and sit down and watch a movie, a film about those very types of people could actually be a really good one.

Written and directed by John Wells (THE NOTORIOUS BETTIE PAGE), the film looks at the perspective of those that get unexpectedly, and seemingly undeservedly, laid off from high profile executive jobs. While those may not necessarily be the types of laid-off Americans that the normal viewer would want to side with, THE COMPANY MEN is still a very good film that’s got an amazing cast wiith some really great performances from the likes of Ben Affleck (THE TOWN), Chris Cooper (AMERICAN BEAUTY), and Tommy Lee Jones (NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN).

Chris Cooper in particular turned in a performance that really brought a new perspective to what so many of us job-searchers go through everyday. What is secondary in nature to us is turned into a particularly humiliating change in his life. It’s certainly not a feel-good movie, and it isn’t one whose aim is to necessarily teach us something, but it’s a great film nonetheless, and if you’ve ever been curious what life might be like for that CEO who’s lost his job, this could be a good indicator.

The Blu-ray has a really good commentary, and though there aren’t a ton of extras on the set, it’s a quality film and one that is more than worth a watch.

Official list of extras:

• Audio Commentary: Writer/Director John Wells provides the commentary track on this Blu-ray set and here he gives insight to the real-life events that influenced the film, the research that went into ensuring it's accuracy, the work of the ensemble cast and much, much more. It's a quality commentary, true it doesn't really provide anything new, but there are fans of Bill Hicks that are going to be very interested in this piece.

• Alternate Ending

• Deleted Scenes: Bobby's Stock Tip, Bobby Wakes Up Early, Bobby & His Dad, Gene & His Wife, Extended Dinner, and Phil Looks For a Job.

• Making The Company Men: Cast and crew discuss the story and its themes, the quality of the performances, and the film's relevancy in modern times.

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