In Good Company (2004)
USA / English
"He's rich, young and handsome. He's in love with you and he's your dad's boss.
"Dennis Quaid plays a middle-aged ad exec faced with a new boss who's nearly half his age ... and who also happens to be sleeping with his daughter.
Ninety day wonder
How many times have we witnessed the meteoric ascent of a younger
person in our working place to a higher position, a status, we've
figured they're not qualified to assume? This is the basis of this
disarming Paul Weitz's comedy, based on his own screen play.
The changes that are brought into a company when someone that has no
apparent qualifications is put in charge is prevalent within the
American way of doing business. How many times have we seen these young
upstarts derail a corporation because of their inexperience? More than
If you haven't seen the film, please read no further.
Carter Duryea is picked by his mentor in the conglomerate where he is
the rising star, and the logical choice, to be put in charge of the
magazine that has been recently acquired by a business tycoon Teddy K.
Carter has no clue of what he is in for. Most of the older staff
members are canned, but Carter is no dummy, he keeps the talented Dan
Foreman because he can be used. After all, Dan is in his early 50s,
married, with a couple of children of college age, and in debt.
Carter has no life. His wife walks out on him in spite of the big
promotion. Right after that, he meets Don's older daughter, Alex. She
wastes no time in getting him into her college dorm room. Dan Foreman
has no idea of what's going on right in front of his nose. After all,
he dislikes Carter, and his ways, more than anything else in the world.
That's why when Dan discovers the two lovers in a trendy Manhattan
eatery, he goes ballistic.
When Carter's guru has a tragic fall, after he has served his purpose
and has been used by Teddy K. As a result, Carter loses his job as
well, because ultimately, Dan, is recognized for his own merit, rather
than for being the yes man that Carter, or his superior were. After
all, Dan is the only one that asks the questions that no one dares to,
about the conglomerate losing vision on the magazine.
This acerbic comedy sheds a life on corporate America like no other one
in recent memory. Dennis Quaid plays a brilliant Dan Foreman, the older
man. Topher Grace is amazing as the young Carter, who gives an
incredible performance. Scarlett Johansson plays Alex Foreman, a young
woman without any hangups who enters into an affair with her father's
Beware of those ninety day wonders!
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