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October 5, 2010 / TerranceTheTrailerTrasher

The Company Men

Michael the Moviegoer – @@

Not sure how it’s possible to sell a feel-good movie about the recession right in the middle of the recession. If it’s true that people go to the movies as an escape from their daily lives, here’s a movie that looks like a mirror of our lives at the moment. It might be well-made, but will anybody care? Is this movie supposed to make us feel better about America’s unemployed? Have you seen the people in our unemployment lines? If they all looked like Ben Affleck, Hollywood agents would be lining up to sign them.

Terrance the Trailer Trasher – @

I don’t know how the unemployed will feel about this, either. Maybe this film will give them a message of hope they need to hear. All it sounds like to me is Hollywood trying to say, “I feel your pain,” to the poor, unfortunate middle class whom the filmmakers know nothing about. You’re right. It’s too much of a downer for the predictable third-act triumph to make me feel good. As for agents lining up to sign Affleck for his looks, that’s not the most idiotic thing you’ve ever said, but it may be the shallowest. Ben Affleck did plenty of time on the unemployment line before he was famous, even though he looked like Ben Affleck.

Michael’s Rebuttal:

If the shoe fits, wear it. Hollywood agents are shallow. Period.

“The Company Men” goes on the dole October 22, 2010.

Tomorrow we’ll review a trailer that promises to forever change your view of 3D!


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  1. sundryandco / Oct 5 2010 2:06 am

    I’m thrilled that Hollywood has finally stopped ignoring the recession! I’m definitely looking forward to seeing a film that brings current issues into the story and that, in fact, makes them the main subject matter. As for the way in which they deal with the topic, I’ll have to wait and see the full-length before I make any judgement on that – The recession is too serious to most people to be made into a light-hearted issue, so hopefully they’ll keep some balance with this (Like an “Up in the Air” take on it), otherwise there will be some angry people! On the other hand, anyone who is suffering badly from the recession won’t be able to afford to buy the cinema ticket and therefore will be unaware of it all!

    Having written the above, I’m now wondering whether it is actually a good thing to deal with current issues. Films and the cinema are great for escapism, so I’m quite looking forward to seeing what it’s like to watch something a little less escapist 🙂

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