Recognizable names and a surprisingly heartwarming story, In Good Company is actually a good movie company.
In Good Company (2004) Film Review
Putting in his all for a company for twenty some years is second nature to Dan Foreman (Dennis Quaid). Working in advertising for a big publication, Dan’s world is rocked when he learns two things almost simultaneously. First his wife Ann (Marg Helgenberger) tells him they’re pregnant with their third despite having two nearly adult daughters. Then he learns the company he’s been so loyal to is taken over in a merger. As part of this change, he’ll now be working for someone rather than running the department.
Turns out his boss ends up being a young, inexperienced 20-something named Carter Duryea (Topher Grace). Scared and unsure how to handle this kind of promotion, Carter doesn’t have a clue what he’s doing. So much so he even tells Alex (Scarlett Johansson), a random stranger he meets in the elevator and a woman who may end up being a bigger part of his life than he expects.
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Not unlike, in basic plot, the 2003 comedy My Boss’s Daughter, this film is 1000% better. The concept of this is cute and yet also a truth that is the hard part of life to work through. There’s accuracy in the experience Dan has and his disappointment. It’s one of those putting in countless hours, work and loyalty and yet it’s not noticed or appreciated. In this regard, it’s kind of a study in loyalty and what it means, mostly from the perspective of the person practicing loyalty. However, what’s interesting also is the relationship between Dan and Carter.
I don’t think it takes the typical path we anticipate and, in this way, that’s what makes their scenes together interesting. Plus, it’s all better because of the cast. Dennis Quaid is good in anything I see him in. Pre his Home Economics days Topher Grace plays somewhat of a similar character, but he does it well and surprisingly, I do like his character. He has things to work through and he needs to develop some sense of being okay being alone before moving on, but I still like him. It’s also fun to see Marg from CSI in something else, too!
I think my one complaint, and it’s really minor in this film, is how Carter’s one relationship develops. It seems irresponsible on the part of both people, albeit for different reasons, to start what they do. That said, weirdly, I do also like most of their scenes together. At the end of the day, In Good Company is better than I remember it being. There’s humor and maybe a tear or two in the more poignant moments. How things end won’t be to everyone’s liking, but in reality, it’s the healthiest way for this to end and that’s important.
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You can find In Good Company digitally on Amazon Video; at publication it’s with Freevee
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Content: there’s some innuendo and suggestive comments. We see a woman take a man back to her place, they exchange some banter, kissing and start to undress before the scene cuts. A married couple are in bed a time or two. There’s standard PG-13 language and as a joke, a man “moons” guests at his house.
Photos: Universal Pictures