He must be a scream at a cocktail party
Seeing the credits Douglas McGrath has, I really wonder how he could
(and write and direct and star in) such dreck. It's obviously a vanity
project. He's called in friends from every movie he's done--Turturro from
Quiz Show, Allen from Bullets, even Cummings from Emma. I have a feeling
he's been doing his 'grammar teacher' routine since improv classes and I'm
sure his friends found it hysterical. But someone should have had the
to tell him it wasn't working here--at all. Irritating is funny for five
minutes; then it gets, well, irritating!.
They forgot the plot.
A waste of time, a waste of an excellent cast, and only because I saw a
preview, was it not a waste of money. Company Man began with a good
premise, but nothing ever developed. The movie was a series of mostly
unrelated comedy sketches centering around one joke - a "hero" who was so
bland and boring that he was the perfect CIA agent. Characters popped in
and out with no explanation, and the director appeared to be more
in costuming than plot. I laughed through the first half hour and then.
quite suddenly, the movie ceased to be amusing. Quite a number of the
audience walked out midway through the movie, which is not a testament to
quality, especially when we were attending a free preview..