The Company Men does make some salient points about the human costs of corporate decisions, but it tries to do too much and ends up feeling thin, when a more focused drama might have had greater force. When the end credits roll, we haven't learned anything we didn't already know, although neither have we wasted our time. There are performances—particularly Costner's—to savor here. But it's hard to shake the sense that The Company Men could have been something more, given the continuing timeliness of its theme and the efforts of its stellar cast.

CAUTIONS:

  • Language/Profanity: Lord's name taken in vain numerous times; numerous uses of the "f" word; several other profanities
  • Alcohol/Drugs: Gene drinks often, including at the office; beer drinking; Phil drinks at the bar and says he's drunk; he smokes.
  • Sex/Nudity: Gene is having an affair with Sally; Gene is shown under a sheet in bed, and Sally kisses him; later they are shown under the sheets, and Sally gets up to put her clothes on, briefly showing her naked above the waist; husband and wife kiss; Bobby rejects his wife's come-ons in bed; Maggie applies lotion to her legs while in a long nightshirt.
  • Violence/Crime: An angry threat about shooting up at an office with an AK-47; a teen wears an axe-in-the-head costume; a construction worker is said to have been arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct, and is said to have assaulted a police officer; suicide.
  • Religion/Morals: Religion plays no apparent role in the lives of these characters, although Bobby recites the phrase "I will have faith" as part of a series of statements designed to keep his outlook positive; a young girl says grace before a meal; legal vs. ethical scrutiny debated.
     

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