6 June 2013

In Good Company

In Good Company 2004
  • Director: Paul Weitz
  • Based on book: No
  • Cast: Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace, Scarlett Johansson, Marg Helgenberger, David Paymer, Philip Baker Hall
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor/actress in:
    • Dennis Quaid  Smart People, American Dreamz, Caveman, Far from Heaven, Great Balls of Fire, Day After Tomorrow
    • Topher Grace – Mona Lisa Smile
    • Scarlett Johansson – He’s Just Not that into You, The Island, Love Song for Bobby Long, Girl with a Pearl Earring, Lost in Translation, The Man Who Wasn’t There, Manny & Lo
    • Marg Helgenberger – Erin Brockovich
    • David Paymer – State and Main, Amistad, Get Shorty, Quiz Show, Cagney and Lacey
    • Philip Baker Hall – The Zodiac, Bruce Almighty, Dogville, Cradle Will Rock
  • Why bought: cheap. 3 * in Maltin. Scarlett Johansson
  • Seen: April 19, 2013

What an awful job.  What a stupid system. How can we get rid of it, corporate globalism? Profits above all. People are expendable.
This movie is a comedy. It’s very funny.  It’s also a tragedy. More than the movie makers themselves realize.  The happy ending in which the old guys who had gotten fired by the young hotshot get their jobs back because an even more enormous global corporation buys the one recently bought by…(you get the picture)…is tragic because these old guys are happy to be back in the system that got rid of them, and they think they’ve won.
I would really really hate working in that world.  But people do – lots of people – and it’s the world that runs the rest of us. How depressing.
But it’s a lovely movie. Topher Grace is a vulnerable, endearing, bumbling, caffeine/endorphin-addicted twenty-six-year-old hot shot corporate rising start who fires the fifty-somethings left and right with hardly a second thought and he is simply terrific. He should have gotten an Oscar. Scarlett Johansson is always good and I just realized in this movie what an incredibly rich voice she has.
Best scene: Topher Grace, having just been promoted big time in the corporate jungle, buys an electric blue Porsche, drives it out of the car lot and gets run into by another car. I laughed out loud at that one. I am not a car lover.
Good movie. Good Friday evening fare.  Maltin was about right.
3* of 5

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