First Trailer for ‘The Company Men’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 10:45 am,

the company men First Trailer for The Company Men

The first trailer for John Wells’ The Company Men has been released and it would seem we now have two impressive looking Ben Affleck movies right around the corner. Last week’s trailer for The Town, Affleck’s second directorial effort, left me undeniably excited and The Company Men looks to be another solid addition to his resume.

The film, which debuted at Sundance back in January, features an amazing supporting cast that includes Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper, Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Craig T. Nelson, and Rosemarie Dewitt.  Here’s the official synopsis:

Bobby Walker is living the American dream: great job, beautiful family, shiny Porsche in the garage. When corporate downsizing leaves him and co-workers Phil Woodward and Gene McClary jobless, the three men are forced to re-define their lives as men, husbands, and fathers. Bobby soon finds himself enduring enthusiastic life coaching, a job building houses for his brother-in-law which does not play to his executive skill set, and perhaps the realization that there is more to life than chasing the bigger, better deal.

And here’s the trailer for The Company Men:

The subject matter is certainly timely and while it’s ground we’ve seen covered before, this is an extremely talented and watchable group of performers. I’m a particularly big fan of Chris Cooper, who is always spectacular, even when the films he’s in are not.

I also think making fun of Ben Affleck should officially be considered passé at this point. I’ll admit, I’ve held a pretty dismissive attitude towards him in recent years but after seeing his work behind the camera with Gone Baby Gone, I knew it was time to start taking him seriously again.  He’s also particularly well-suited for any role involving a fall from grace – for reasons that are probably pretty transparent.

This is the first feature for Wells, who directed numerous episodes of ER and has an expansive career as a writer and producer. The reviews from Sundance were generally positive and seemed to indicate that this is a pretty honest portrayal of unemployment and not typical Hollywood fare. I think it looks promising and look forward to checking it out. What about you?

The Company Men opens October 22, 2010.

Source: Yahoo! Movies.

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  1. Yeah I’m a little surprised as to why Affleck still gets picked on, the movies that he starred in that didn’t turn out so well came out a few years ago and since then he’s put in some solid performances in good films. I really like State of Play last year and although I haven’t seen it yet I’ve heard only good things about Gone Baby Gone. That, plus his two films coming out this year like you said which looks great, I think he’ll stay on the path he’s put himself back on.

    • You should see Gone Baby Gone as soon as you can. It was fantastic. Haven’t seen State of Play yet. Heard good things about it and the original British serial as well. They’re both on my Netflix queue.

  2. Looks great! All the male leads are typically at their best when they’re playing ordinary, real men. I also have to agree with looking forward to two Ben Affleck movies.

  3. Wow. Even the trailer was painful to watch (in a good way, if you know what I mean). I’m a 37 year old carpenter who’s barely getting by on piece-meal work and unemployment lately. A year ago I finished getting my bachelor’s degree to get out of the hard labor world only to find the jobs I’d been watching and looking forward to we’re no longer there when I finished.
    This looks like one of those flicks that’ll draw out the ol man tears.

  4. everyone hates Ben Afleck and i really dont mind him. he’s done some really bad movies but they werent terrible just because he was in them, just the they were bad from the start. He’s not a great actor but definately deserves his time to shine occationally.

    this movie will be a good refresher to how people see him and the other actors are always good

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