In Good Company – Edited
Dan Foreman (Dennis Quaid) is headed for a shakeup. He is demoted from head of ad sales for a major magazine when the company he works for is acquired in a corporate takeover. His new boss, Carter Duryea (played by Topher Grace), is half his age—a business school prodigy who preaches corporate synergy. While Dan develops clients through handshake deals and relationships, Carter cross-promotes the magazine with the cell phone division and “Krispity Krunch,” an indeterminate snack food under the same corporate umbrella. Both men are going through turmoil at home. Dan has two daughters—Alex, age 18, and Jana, age 16—and he is shocked when his wife tells him she’s pregnant with a new child. Between college tuition, the mortgage, and a new baby, Dan can’t afford to lose his job in the wave of corporate layoffs. Carter, in the meanwhile, is dumped by his wife of seven months just as he got his promotion. Dan and Carter’s uneasy friendship is thrown into jeopardy when Carter falls for and begins an affair with Dan’s daughter, Alex (Scarlett Johansson).
This movie was really interesting. It struck me as a movie with a lesson. The main character, Dan, is really a wholesome man. He was the head of his division at work and with every contact he made he treated everyone with the utmost respect and decency. No scams—just make the customer want to come back. The punk younger kid who is set to take over Dan’s job has barely even made a name for himself, but he thinks that he’s a big shot. So the man with the knowledge and the ethics leaves and Carter takes over and, of course, starts making a mess of things. Basically, I think that the lesson in this movie is that you have to be honest with people and treat everyone with common courtesy. It’s a really good, wholesome movie.