The Company Men lends perspective.
Blog King, Mass Appeal
KANSAS CITY — Recently, yours truly got a chance to view John Wells’ 2010 unemployment film “The Company Men” via Netflix and, can’t lie, that sh*t really hit home. See, many of us don’t appreciate our jobs until they’re dissipated. But it’s imperative you vet this film because, believe it or not, regardless your ethnicity, we’re all merely a pink slip away from complete destitution. Anyway, here’s the synopsis: The anecdote illuminates the cynosure of three pampered executives seeking to persevere through an interval of corporate downsizing that ultimately dilapidates their grandiose lifestyles.
For instance… 37-year-old Bobby Walker (Ben Affleck), who was making $120,000 per year as a sales executive at GTX Corporation, was abruptly fired to ameliorate the company’s problematic balance sheet. Equipped with an arrogant and impertinent inclination, Bobby filled out dozens of job applications, participated in countless interviews and received zero job offers.
After learning his son pawned his Xbox, Bobby — who’s happily married — swallowed his pride and ended up selling his palatial home and Porsche before reluctantly moving his family into his parents’ house to save money. Once rich and opulent, Bobby is now broke as a joke, and livin’ with his mama.
His six-figure income and regal lifestyle both gone.
Bobby ended up accepting a low-paying carpentry position from his father-in-law.
Now that’s being humbled.
Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones and Chris Cooper are The Company Men affected by the financial crash at 6.45pm. pic.twitter.com/mD5G5REe9c
— Film4 (@Film4) March 11, 2016
Then there’s the suicidal ruination of Bobby’s colleague, 59-year-old Phil Woodward (Chris Cooper) who was also fired from GTX. Realizing he was out of touch with today’s job market, Phil sought the assistance of a staffing agency. His agent, however, requested that he pare Vietnam experience from his resume before telling him to dye his gray hair to look younger for a potential employer.
After a narcissistic Phil scoffed at her suggestions, the female job representative kept it 100. “I’m not the enemy Phil,” she said. “You’re pushing 60 and you look like hell. You’re gonna have a rough time out there.”
After experiencing a relentless paroxysm of corporate rejection, Phil took his own life. The old bastard started his car inside the house and closed the garage door. Phil died from carbon monoxide poisoning.
The third sacrificial lamb to encounter termination is 63-year-old division head Gene McClary (Tommy Lee Jones) who cheats on his wife. Like Phil, he’s older than dirt. But, fortunately, Gene saved some cash for a rainy day. He ended up retiring.
The point I’m trying to make is if you’re gainfully employed, be grateful.
Every orientation, in my opinion, should mandate new hires observe this film.
Hell, you should watch it too.
It’ll change your mindset.
“The Company Men” is now available on Netflix.
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