Released at a time when unemployment levels are close to their highest in two decades, John Wells’ The Company Men
tries to surf a zeitgeist wave all the way to relevancy, but by focusing on the trials and tribulations of millionaires instead of Joe Average, the movie plays like an extended insult to those hit hardest by the rough economic climate. And as if that weren’t enough, Kevin Costner attempts a “Bah-stan” accent.
The movie stars Ben Affleck as Bobby Walker, an affluent junior executive at a company where he’s built a strong mentor/protege relationship with senior executive Gene McClary (Tommy Lee Jones). But when the firm needs to downsize, ...