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The Company Men: Ben Affleck Brilliant, Film Inspires Hope

The Company MenThe Company Men is film that sounds depressing because it’s about unemployment but its really about reconnecting with the things that matter most in life.  The Company Men is a must see movie that will inspire you, even if there are moments when it hits close to home. 

Nearly 15 million Americans are unemployed now and more than 40% of them have been without a job for more than 6 months. Experts say we’re not likely to fully recover for at least another year and a half.

The Company Men follows the story of three executives who find themselves unexpected victims of a massive corporate downsizing. Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper and Tommy Lee Jones are brilliant and Rosemarie DeWitt shines as Ben Affleck’s wife.

Bobby Walker (Ben Affleck) is living the proverbial American dream: great job, beautiful family, shiny Porsche in the garage. When corporate downsizing leaves him and co-workers Phil Woodward (Chris Cooper) and Gene McClary (Tommy Lee Jones) 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 (Kevin Costner) that does not play to his executive skill set, and perhaps — the realization that there is more to life than chasing the bigger, better deal. With humor, pathos, and keen observation, writer-director John Wells (“ER,” “The West Wing,” and “Southland”) introduces us to the new realities of American life.

What do you do when all the stuff you hold on to—that stuff people always told you mattered—is taken away? What do you do when you lose all those trappings you worked so hard for, that are supposed to be little emblems of success and achievement?

With ten percent of Americans unemployed, viewers can relate to the struggles of Bobby Walker, struggling to rise above the frustration and embarrassment. I don’t know about your family, but my family has experienced the shock of unemployment in the past two years. Who hasn’t experienced layoffs or had a loved one laid off since the financial crash of 2008?  Everyone can identify with this movie.

At its heart, this film that traces the journey back home— to family, to love, and to the joy that comes from building something from the ground up.

The Company Men is one of the only movies to address unemployment, a problem that faces so many Americans.  Your first instinct might be to avoid this movie but DON’T do it!  You won’t be sorry.  Find out more on The Company Men website or watch the trailer.

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