Hollywood’s Take on America’s Layoffs

Posted: January 21st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Career Coach, Career Transition Networking, Personal Branding | Comments Off on Hollywood’s Take on America’s Layoffs

The move “The Company Men” hit movie theaters across the country showing Americans what Hollywood directors think about how the layoffs across the country have impacted everyday people.  Unless you’re Ben Affleck or Tommy Lee Jones you might not exactly relate although the critics (who hate themselves for the most part) and average moviegoers (which I consider myself to be) both agree – it’s a “GO SEE” movie!

What’s the plot? Get this – guy has job. company is affected by economy. guy loses job. Sound familiar?  It’s a little more in-depth but it’s the story many of us here in America can relate to far to well.

The “official” movie description, courtesy of Fandango, is:

Go See The Company MenBobby Walker (Ben Affleck) is living the American dream: great job, beautiful family, shiny Porsche in the garage. When corporate downsizing leaves him and co-workers Phil Woodward (Chris Cooper) and Gene McClary (Tommy Lee Jones) jobless, the three men are forced to re-define their lives as men, husbands, and fathers. Bobby soon finds himself enduring enthusiastic life coaching, a job building houses for his brother-in-law (Kevin Costner) which does not play to his executive skill set, and perhaps the realization that there is more to life than chasing the bigger, better deal.

I’d love to be able to add a personal review to this post however, I’m busy writing a resume this morning so one of the real people affected by an actual layoff has the ability to land a new job. With a story line that hits close to my heart and along the line of what I live, eat, sleep and breathe, The Company Men is on my personal “must see” list this weekend and not just because I have a soft spot for  Kevin Costner’s oh-so-pretty eyes.


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