Essentially a horror film for the white-collar workers over 50, The Company Men follows three suits (Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper) trying to come to terms with widespread downsizing at their company. Relatable (especially during these tough economic times), yes, but only for those who can relate to people who make well over six figures a year, live in beautiful mansions, fly around in private jets and belong to the most prestigious of country club golf courses. The film does touch on the depressing blue-collar lifestyle as well (so if you're making under a hundred grand a year, there's your "in"), and by the time we're handed an overall message that it's not what you do, but who you do it for, The Company Men breezes past its finish line with relative ease before leaving its audience to call home to say I love you.
It's not really important to know who held which job, just know that there's a chain of command at the billion-dollar global shipping company GTX and Bobby Walker (Affleck) is at the bottom of a group of managers who's first to be let go. Cocky, arrogant and convinced he'll land a new job within hours, Walker slowly heads down a grim path that eventually downgrades his upper middle class lifestyle significantly when it becomes impossible for him to land another gig. But with guidance from his loving wife (Rosemarie DeWitt) and a ball-busting brother-in-law (Kevin Costner in a scene-stealing performance), Walker rebounds enough to straighten out his priorities and become the film's most redeeming character.
As far as everyone else goes ... well, there's always stock options ... right?