In Good Company
In Good Company is an insightful comedy-drama about Dan Foreman (Dennis Quaid), a middle-aged ad executive with a sports magazine who is demoted and replaced with new boss Carter Duryea (Topher Grace) who is half his age and doesn’t know the first thing about selling advertising. Carter is driven to succeed with the latest sales strategies to impress his superiors, whereas Dan’s professional legacy is marked with loyalty and relationships. Dan is also committed at home to his wife and two daughters. Carter hungers for all of the qualities that Dan has and, after his wife dumps him, falls in love with his oldest daughter, Alex (Scarlett Johansson). This creates tension between Dan and Carter. But with Dan’s strength and mature influence in his life, Carter realizes he is in good company.
This is an interesting story about a young man, Carter Duryea, who is climbing the corporate ladder very fast. But at what expense? He loses his wife and takes on the responsibility of heading up the ad department at Sports America. He replaces Dan Foreman, the 51-year old “dinosaur” ad executive. But instead of firing Foreman, Carter makes him his second in command or the “wing man.” As Carter tries to cut costs by “letting people go,” he also teams up with Dan to try to increase sales. Working together they both learn some valuable lessons about business and life.
While having a basis for a good film here, Universal missed the opportunity to hit a homerun with family audiences. They have laced the film with far too many obscenities and profanities, all of which are totally unnecessary. They also strongly imply a premarital, sexual relationship between Carter and Dan’s daughter, Alex. In my opinion, Universal could have taken all of that objectionable content away and enlarge its potential audience. The family looking for a wholesome movie is not in Good Company with this film.