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The Company Men | 2010 | R | - 6.2.6

The employees of a large shipping manufacturer are downsized and have to deal with the disappointment and pressure of unemployment, each one in a different way. With Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper, Craig T. Nelson, Maria Bello, Rosemarie DeWitt, Kevin Costner and Eamonn Walker. Directed by John Wells. [1:53]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A married man and a woman lie in bed together, she caresses his bare chest and it is implied that they have had sex; she gets out of bed and we see her bare breasts while she puts on and adjusts a bra, and part of her bare buttocks as she walks away.
 A woman wearing a short, full slip (bare legs and cleavage are visible) dresses while a married man lies in bed (his bare chest is visible) in another room; the woman climbs on the bed and kisses the man a few times, then leaves the room and it is implied that they have had sex.
 A husband and his wife lie in bed together, they talk, she caresses his chest, she reaches under the sheets, he pulls her arm back out and they separate (presumably to sleep). A husband kisses his wife on the cheek. A husband and his wife hug in a few scenes.
 A woman asks a married man if he is free for lunch in a few scenes (it is implied that they are meeting for sex).
 Women wear low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage in a few scenes. A man's bare leg is shown while he lies in bed.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A man starts his car in a closed garage and we then see people gathered at a funeral (it is understood that the man committed suicide).
 A man yells and throws rocks at an office building (none hit the building). A man becomes angry and yells at an interviewer. A husband yells at his wife while she is at her job, they argue and he leaves. A husband and his wife argue about money. Two men argue in a few scenes. A husband and his wife argue.
 A man, fearful of being fired, says, "I'll take an AK-47 to this place." A man enters a conference room where several other people are gathered and says, "Did somebody die?" We hear reports of companies failing and manufacturing jobs being moved offshore. There are numerous discussions of downsizing and layoffs.
 Numerous people are shown walking solemnly out of an office building while carrying boxes containing their possessions. A boy is shown in a Halloween costume with an ax sticking out of his head and fake blood caked on his hair and face.

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LANGUAGE 6 - About 17 F-words and its derivatives, 7 scatological terms, 6 anatomical terms, 8 mild obscenities, name-calling (cowardly), 4 religious profanities, 3 religious exclamations.

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SUBSTANCE USE - Two men drink alcohol in an office, a few men drink beer with a meal, a woman pours a glass of wine at a dinner table, a woman is shown sleeping with an empty wine glass on her bedside table, people eat and drink at a holiday party, a man drinks a beer, people drink wine at a dinner, people drink alcohol in a bar and it is implied that one man has had too much to drink, two men drink alcohol with lunch, a man holds a beer bottle in his hand (we do not see him drink), and several people go out for a drink (we do not see them drinking). A man smokes a cigarette in another man's office, a man smokes a cigarette in his garage, and a woman tells a man that he should stop smoking (no employer wants to hire a health risk).

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Job loss, unemployment, life changes, profit margins, friendship, betrayal, family, sympathy, practicality, success, failure, fear, anxiety, loss, business growth, business stagnation, courage, faith, infidelity, enthusiasm, respect, disillusionment, rejection, criminal fraud, starting over, priorities, loyalty, stress, sacrifice, irresponsible spending, age discrimination, manual labor vs. executive.
MESSAGE - There is more to life than the acquisition of things.
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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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