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Dan Foreman is demoted from head of ad sales for a major magazine when the company he works for is acquired in a corporate takeover. His new boss is half his age, a business school prodigy who preaches corporate Synergy. While Dan develops clients through handshake deals and relationships, his new boss cross-promotes the magazine with the cell phone division.
Comedy - This is a balanced comedy-drama in just about every respect,
juggling some fairly serious story with good humor and featuring a
story and characters with about equal appeal for both older and
younger adults. Fans of Scarlett Johansson, however, may be
disappointed by her fairly small amount of screen time.
PROFANITY: 11 S-words, 1 GD, a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Male rear nudity in a comic context. VIOLENCE: One punch. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and excessive coffee drinking. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Verbal humor and some physical gags; nothing off-color.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good ...the Weitz brothers concoct a formula that mixes solid drama with a few good laughs. The comedy isn't forced or awkward. It fits in as a natural part of the script, and that's why it works. Many of the movie's central ideas will connect with viewers, especially those with experience working for companies that have become pawns in the corporate takeover game.
Roger EbertFull Review Good ...the movie is smart enough, the performances strong, and the subplots involving Johansson and Paymer have their moments. If nothing else, "In Good Company" shows that Paul Weitz has the stuff to tell a ruthless story -- and he does, until he loses his nerve. Since most audiences no doubt will prefer his version to the one I imagine, who is to say he is wrong?
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
We collected 247 moviegoer opinions. These opinions indicate a solidly good movie, but not quite great. The "Fantastic" opinions are a little lacking and there are a few too many opinions of "Good" and lower. Neither age or gender seemed to make much difference in the opinions. I have no problem recommending "In Good Company." Most of you will enjoy it very much or at the very least enjoy it somewhat.
Dan Foreman (DENNIS QUAID) is 51 and his life is good…on the whole. The
long-term head of ad sales at the weekly Sports America has just celebrated the
magazine's biggest year, thanks in large part to Dan's warm, honest, handshake deal style
and the departmental esprit de corps he fosters. Even the news of his wife's unexpected
pregnancy and the acceptance of his eldest daughter, Alex (SCARLETT JOHANSSON),
into tony (not to mention expensive) NYU leave Dan happy, though not entirely
unconcerned about family finances—but he will, as he always has, manage.
Carter Duryea (TOPHER GRACE) is 26 and thinks his life is awesome, mostly.
The whiz kid has been devoting himself single-mindedly to getting ahead at the multinational
conglomerate Globecom. Management even knows his name—Carter is being
"groomed” for his next rung on the corporate ladder: heading up ad sales at one of the
cornerstone publications newly acquired by Globecom in their latest takeover, the
magazine Sports America. Unfortunately for Carter, his promotion coincides with the
crumbling of his seven-month marriage and he has no one, save a pet fish, to share his
joy with. But he knows he's on his way, he's going places—and he'll manage.
Dan's exasperation at his demotion is nothing compared to his incredulity at being
replaced by the 26-year-old Carter. Given his new boss' age and relative experience in
ad sales (none), Dan has little desire to be Carter's "wing man.” But in light of the new
developments at home, he needs his job as much as Carter needs his. Forging a tenuous
relationship out of corporate necessity, the two begin working together to meet
Globecom's mandate of cutting the department's budget while increasing revenue by 35
Carter's zeal to deliver to upper management doesn't win him many fans in the
Sports America offices. His bottom line focused approach, somewhat lacking in the
human side of business, is often at odds with Dan and his devotion to his staff. As Dan
sees it, these people are a family—something Carter is sorely lacking. The new
department head's loneliness even prompts him to call a Sunday staff meeting and then
invite himself to Dan's home for dinner with the Foremans, where Carter and Alex have a
chance to talk while Alex whoops her dad's boss at foosball.
Later, when the lonely ad salesman runs across the equally lonely NYU transfer
student at a Manhattan cafe, the chance meeting rekindles the sparks initially felt at the
family dinner…sparks that begin an affair, which the pair find themselves hiding from
Dan. The corporate handbook has precious little to say about sleeping with your
employee's collegiate daughter and if word were ever to get out, news of their affair
would seriously threaten Carter's détente with Dan, Alex's close relationship with her
father and the progress the two salesmen have made at Sports America.
All in all, life for both Dan and Carter just got a bit more complicated.