In good company dating

08 Oct

"In Good Company" is a rare species: a feel-good movie about big business.It's about a corporate culture that tries to be evil and fails. We meet Dan Foreman (Dennis Quaid), head of advertising sales at a sports magazine, who has the corner office and the big salary and is close to landing a big account from a dubious client (Philip Baker Hall). The magazine is purchased by Teddy K (an unbilled Malcolm Mc Dowell), a media conglomerator in the Murdoch mode, who takes sudden notice of a 26-year-old hotshot named Carter Duryea (Topher Grace) and sends him in to replace Dan.Materialism and ladder-climbing appear empty compared to the stable family life Dan and Ann have built.Epiphanies cause characters to rethink vain, empty pursuits.“Company” revolves around a middle-aged exec who has to contend with a new boss who is half his age and is also dating his daughter.

But Carter, known as a "ninja assassin" for his firing practices, fires Morty (David Paymer), an old-timer at the magazine.

Corporations have replaced Nazis as the politically correct villains of the age -- and just in time, because it was getting increasingly difficult to produce Nazis who survived into the 21st century ("Hellboy" had to use a portal in time).

"The Manchurian Candidate" used a corporation instead of the Chinese communists, and thrillers like "Resident Evil" give us corporations whose recklessness turns the population into zombies.

But if In Good Company conjures up memories, they are almost all good ones -- two hours in the dark with this one raising the question: Why don't they make them like they used to?

Perhaps it's because the movie gets so much of its appeal from an offbeat form of nostalgia, but it doesn't seem to matter that the whole thing is somewhat out of date.