Unemployment 101: ‘Company Men’ gives white-collar perspective of job market

‘The Company Men’ puts life in perspective.

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.

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.

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Good movie. Like the bi where you see them doing some good old fashioned plastering. Keep it alive keep it alive.

  2. I’m going to guess that this will turn out to be a very good movie, and that it will communicate many messages, including thoughts about broken societal promises of the good life for those who go to college, and the possibility of personal re-invention for those with a strong stomach.

  3. These are 3 idiots; according to them we should not feel sorry for someone making a lot of money who suddenly gets laid off; only those at the bottom of the scale should get our sympathy???? News flash: anyone who puts years into a job and is thrown on the scrap heap should get our sympathy. I don’t care what a person makes, an honest day’s work is an honest day’s work. Many people live beyond their means, whether they make $20,000 a year or $200,000. No one should go through this. Period.

  4. TheMangoDeluxe

    Just because you don’t have a Porsche, doesn’t mean you can’t be sad when someone loses theirs

  5. The problem is, the people who are able to get movies made in Hollywood now–though their sympathies may be with working class people they don’t really remember how working or lower middle class people live.

  6. This is a terrible review. You can’t look at the movie from that kind of biased point of view.

    On what planet is 120k a year rich? Maybe to a union laborer who makes 60k? Idk. That’s what your average middle class professional makes… 

  7. Wow, moving to a house in which family members have to share bathrooms.


  8. Fun with Dick and Jane showed more proportion of what its like to lose your job than this movie.

  9. Take off the diapers

    blog king is an idiot

    this movie sucks ass

  10. Yep this was my life haha; construction wasnt too bad though; kept me in shape and brings out the real man in ya lol.

  11. settle for 110,000? ben affleck’s character GO FUCK YOURSELF

  12. No shit, this movie is fucking retarded.

  13. “Honey we’re gonna have to sell our porsche!”…ok hold on let me go get my violin 

  14. Jonathan Larkin

    the movie is a fantasy. the premise is false. 17th richest c.e.o. in the country [billionaire , one would presume] fires 2 guys directly under him and one was only making 120 grand [afleck] and the other wasn`t doing much better[ cooper]. something is not making any fucking sense. please enlighten me.

  15. I didn’t hate this movie because it was about rich people. It was just boring. Everyone has struggled looking for work; who the fuck thought it would make an interesting movie?

  16. Domas Sakalauskas

    For some reason I’ve always liked this movie. Even if the story is boring ( reflecting everyday life…) me what I’m going thru right now reflects this so well. Only different work environment.

  17. Porkchop Jones

    three rich white men turned poor……… priceless

  18. Movie stinks

    Not to mention Ben AFLAC is probably the worst actor in Hollywood

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