On paper this looks like nothing more than one of your run-of-the-mill rom-coms, but maybe that's why I enjoyed it so much. Having no real expectations, I was very pleasantly surprised.
The acting was commendable on all counts, which made the characters attractive to watch; of course the essence of any enjoyable film.
I was captivated throughout, and the ending made it for me, as it steered clear of the predictable cheesy final scene which seems so obligatory within the genre nowadays. I was left to ponder the ending and what it implied, which ultimately made watching this film a slightly more meaningful experience than I've had with similar films.
Thoroughly enjoyable, and very funny in parts too. Recommended.
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. In his previous effort, 'About A Boy', writer-director Paul Weitz managed to smoothly blend elements of dark comedy with heart-warming drama to deftly undercut both of the genre's undesirable excesses. 'In Good Company' is Weitz's solo directorial debut sans his brother Chris, with whom he co-helmed the aforementioned film and the wildly successful 'American Pie' series. Here, he perfects his gift for the so-called "dramedy," softening the jagged, sometimes ugly edges of corporate satire with warmth and sentiment. Dennis Quaid is perfectly cast as Dan Foreman, a slightly weary yet still dashing advertising boss and dedicated family man. He seems to have it all as a wholesome and admirable father, an existence which smacks of the archetypical mid-century sitcom dad that he so brilliantly portrayed as the secretly homosexual husband-father in Todd Haynes' 'Far From Heaven'. Enter Carter Duryea (Topher Grace), a cocky young upstart hired to replace him. Before long, Dan is forced to be deferential to his new baby-faced boss, not only in the office but also at his own dinner table when Dan begins dating his lovely daughter Alex (Scarlett Johanssen). This old-fashioned, slightly soap-operatic twist is the perfect catalyst for the integration of humanity into an environment (and cinematic genre) that is so often devoid of it, and the film simultaneously lightens in spirit and deepens in emotion as a slow-yet-sure, father-and-son bond develops between the former adversaries.
Poignant comedy drama starring Dennis Quaid as a slightly weary advertising boss and dedicated family man. Dan Foreman (Quaid) has spent 20 years as the head of advertising sales for Sports America, a leading athletics magazine. He is happily married with a daughter who he dotes on. But Dan's life is changed when he is demoted and his old position is handed over to a younger man, Carter Duryea (Topher Grace).