Bobby 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. With humor, pathos, and keen observation, writer-director John Wells (the creator of "ER") introduces us to the new realities of American life.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
Takes an unpopular group - upper management! - and humanises their involvement in screwing the world. Quite the achievement, really.Ben McEachen, Empire Magazine Australasia, 03.24.2011
Unemployment is not a naturally cinematic thing. A far-too-neat conclusion notwithstanding, This is a decent exploration of the psychology of what happens when you loose your job.Marc Fennell, Triple J, 03.14.2011
I don't want Wells to invent a Darth Vader like villain to blame this crisis on - besides, those villains already exist in reality - but I certainly don't want him to vindicate the guilty parties.Simon Miraudo, Quickflix, 04.03.2011
A serious, schematic, well-acted film about adjusting to new lifestyles in a changing world...Philip French, Guardian [UK], 03.14.2011