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The Company Men

STARRING Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones
WRITTEN BY John Wells
DIRECTED BY John Wells

In a timely portrait of the downsizing of corporate America from former ER exec producer John Wells, Ben Affleck plays a sales executive for a massive Boston transportation conglomerate whose life unravels when he loses his job. ”He works his ass off at the expense of his marriage and his kids, and then he loses it,” says Affleck. ”All he has [left] is the house, the stuff.” As he toils beneath his paygrade in construction when he can’t find another job, he ”has to face the fact that the American dream is about accumulating things and titles — and isn’t about developing yourself as a person.”

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