The Company Men

Rated R 115 minutes 2011

Late-entry “recession special” takes itself very seriously in the interlocking stories of a group of well-paid Boston-area transportation executives – played by Tommy Lee Jones, Craig T. Nelson, Chris Cooper, and Ben Affleck, in descending order of effectiveness — learning the hard way about layoffs and the cruelty of life. TV vet writer-director John Wells (E.R., Southland, The West Wing) expects us to pity the guys, but his James L. Brooks-style white-bread suburban-angst approach produces mostly snickers, especially from construction-boss brother-in-law Kevin Costner, who actually makes things with his hands and has valuable lessons to teach. Long before it’s over you’ll want to hit Affleck with a hammer. (109 min.)

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Director: John Wells

Producer: Claire Rudnick Polstein, Paula Weinstein, John Wells and Barbara Hall

Cast: Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Kevin Costner, Tommy Jones, Maria Bello, Rosemarie DeWitt, Craig Nelson, John Doman, Liam Ferguson, Cady Huffman, Tonye Patano, Dana Eskelson, Kent Shocknek, Scott Winters, Tom Kemp, Frank Ridley, Carrie Quinn, Anthony O'Leary and James Colby


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