Dan Foreman (Quaid) has been selling advertising space in
America's most popular sports magazine for twenty-three years and was on
top of his game but when Globecom buy the publication, they plan to make
some changes. Firstly Dan now has a new boss, up and coming salesman Carter
Duryea (Grace) who just happens to be young enough to be his son but is
filled with ideas and a remit to slim the sales team down.
Films that look at the everyday lives of normal human beings
can draw you in and make you invest in the characters.
'In Good Company' is one of those movies. Real human drama
and the funny things in life are elements that can make you instantly connect
with a group of characters and their situation. Without any larger than
life situations, characters that you are never going to meet or outlandish
special effects, this is the kind of movie everyone needs to see every now
and again, as its subject is the human condition. Posing the questions 'Am
I told old to start again?', 'Is this the right career for me?', 'Should
I leave the comforts of home?' and 'Am I doing the right thing?', 'In Good
Company' asks questions that everyone has pondered or will ponder sometime
in their lives.
Here we have a life long career man, working hard to provide
for his family and an excellent salesman. We also have an achiever, climbing
the corporate ladder at an accelerated pace as he has been earmarked for
success. In the middle we have a young woman about to start her life by
leaving the nest and entering adulthood. This trio's stories become intertwined,
driving each of their presents and defining their futures.
Once one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, Dennis Quaid's
career is enjoying abit of a renaissance. The role of Dan Foreman, takes
him away from the glut of blockbuster leading men he has been associated
with lately and makes him the ordinary man. This is a part that showcases
Quaid's quality as a character actor, who brings realism and a hint of comedy,
to a man who has to cope with change. As his career and home life are turned
upside down, Quaid makes the character believeable and easy to connect with.
Raising star Topher Grace might just be leaving his TV career
behind him and becoming a major big screen star. As Globecom hotshot Carter
Duryea, he creates a driven young man with many flaws as quite a lot is
missing from his life, but he hasn't realised this yet. This is a role that
he excels in, making Carter's drive very visible but exposing his vulnerabilities
at the same time.
Scarlett Johansson continues to prove that she is one of the
best young actresses in Hollywood at the moment. As Alex, Dan's eldest daughter,
she is just starting out in her adult life as she leaves home and heads
off to college. Her naturalist acting style really suits the role and makes
the character more real and easy to connect with. Alex has a lot to experience
and Scarlet portrays her with an air of innocence and determination that
make her instantly appealing.
At is essence the film is a human comedy/drama with a message
about the growth of big corporations and how it affects the ordinary men
and women who get caught up in mergers and takeovers. Taking a swipe the
corporate giants led by very public media moguls, this part of the story
plays second fiddle to human drama but does push the film in the right direction.
'In Good Company' is a film that is it impossible not to like.
A well-written script is complemented by three excellent performances from
the leads and a supporting cast that helps them all the way. It is hard
not to connect with this movie in some way as the characters and the plot
draw you in from the start. If you like this you'll be in good company.
Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen
1.85:1 with a Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, transfer is very good.
Feature commentary with
director Paul Weitz and star Topher Grace
This chatty and fun commentary has the director and his star revealing
behind the scenes gossip and offering insights into the making of 'In
Good Company'. The pair talks candidly about the plot, with Weitz offering
insights into the feeling behind the piece for a writer's point of view,
and Grace revealing his feeling from a character and actor's prospective.
Filming styles, the story and the editing process are also discussed in
this fun and informative track.
Featurettes (23.35 mins)
Split into seven parts (which can be viewed separately) entitled 'Stars',
'Youth', 'Getting Older', 'Real Life', 'New York Locations', 'Editing'
and 'Story', these features cover most aspects of the films production.
Director Paul Weitz, executive producers Chris Weitz and Andrew Miano
and stars Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace, Scarlett Johansson, Marg Helgenberger
and David Paymer chat about the characters, story, locations and how they
became involved with the project. Writer/director Paul Weitz reveals secrets
behind the screenplay and the featurettes also take you behind the scenes
of a real Sports magazine and speak to its staff about the validity of
the film and its characters.
Deleted Scenes (16.08 mins)
Entitled 'Int. Airplane Dan, Louie and Morty', 'Carter calls wife from
hospital', 'Dan tells Ann about his demotion', 'Dan hears Carter retching
after firing Enrique', 'Dan Golfs', 'Carter talks to co-workers about
his wife', 'Dan arrives early for the meeting', 'Dan dyes hair and it
drips during the meeting', 'Office phones not working, cell phones not
working' and 'Dan quits his job', these deleted or extended scenes have
optional commentary by director Paul Weitz.
Cast & Filmmakers
Read text biographies for Dennis Quaid, Scarlett Johansson, Topher Grace,
Marg Helgenberger, David Paymer, director Paul Weitz, producer Chris Weitz
and executive producers Rodney Liber and Andrew Miano.
The DVD transfer of 'In Good
Company' is a good one with bonus material that should really please fans.
The commentary track is fun and informative, the featurettes cover most
aspects of the films production and the deleted scenes are accompanied
by a commentary track, which is really a must. The charming, gem of a
movie gets the DVD transfer it deserves, as fans will be very happy and
it is a good rental for anyone who missed it at the box office.
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