We rented In Good Company, a 2004 comedy-drama starring Topher Grace, Dennis Quaid, and Scarlett Johansson, There wereother supporting cast members, with honorable mentions to Marg Helgenberger and Clark Gregg. I’ve been interested in watching this film since it came out, but like many others, never got around to it. The trailer looked pretty to me, and six years later I watched the actual film. Don’t look at me like that. Six years isn’t that unreasonable.
Dennis Quaid plays a middle-aged ad exec who gets demoted when the magazine publisher he works for is taken over, and his new boss (Topher Grace) is nearly half his age. Grace’s character is an up-and-coming 26-year old executive who thinks he’s got it all, but he doesn’t quite understand what is and isn’t important in life. His own life experiences chaos when his wife (Selma Blair) asks for a divorce, and he begins seeing Quaid’s daughter (Johansson.) Considering that Quaid’s character despises the new manager, and non-hilarity ensues.
Here’s my review: the film was interesting to watch, but I wasn’t as moved as I thought I’d be. I was expecting a strong story, a moving-your-soul theme, and a conclusion that made me think. Maybe it was the trailer, or the six years of “getting around to it”, but I probably attached more to the film than I should have. I’d say it was a decent movie, told a story, wasn’t outlandish, and had a realistic conclusion.