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'The Company Men' Gets Real on the Economy

The crumbling economy stands at the forefront of "The Company Men," a film that reveals the harsh consequences of playing with financial fire. Starring Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Kevin Costner and Tommy Lee Jones, the film shows what happened to the men who had it all, and then had nothing.

Affleck plays the main character – a wealthy man with a shiny Porsche, a beautiful home and two children. But when he gets fired, everything turns for the worst. His co-workers are canned one by one and left helpless.

This film reveals the depth of the recession's effect on the individuals caught in the crossfire. It is exceptionally depressing and heart-wrenching to see what people are enduring during this time. Not only do the characters lose their jobs and homes, but their feelings of self-worth change drastically.

This movie puts everything in your face and leaves nothing out. To most adults, it is awfully emotional and interesting to see what they have just lived through in a movie. But to teenagers, it can get a bit boring and slow. It also is really confusing because the concepts are especially mature. I was constantly asking my parents what just happened.

I don't think this is a very good movie for anyone who wasn't affected by the downturn because it doesn't make much sense to those who are unfamiliar with all the details. It actually reminded me of "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," but I preferred that film because of the younger and more familiar actors and it was much more fast-paced. I found that movie much more interesting and entertaining, while "The Company Men" was depressing and a mood-killer. I give it a 7 out of 10 for its exceptional acting but slow and dampening story line.

Katherine Grace Marra is a sophomore at Weston High School who reviews films from a teen's perspective on her blog, www.katherinegracem.tumblr.com .

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