In Good Company

In Good Company

4.1 10
Director: Paul Weitz

Cast: Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace, Scarlett Johansson


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A middle-aged man finds a callow twentysomething usurping his professional life and worming his way into his family in this alternately funny and poignant comedy drama. Dan Foreman (Dennis Quaid) is a man who is turning 52, and is the long-time head of advertising sales for Sports America, a leading athletics magazine. Dan isSee more details below


A middle-aged man finds a callow twentysomething usurping his professional life and worming his way into his family in this alternately funny and poignant comedy drama. Dan Foreman (Dennis Quaid) is a man who is turning 52, and is the long-time head of advertising sales for Sports America, a leading athletics magazine. Dan is happily married to Ann (Marg Helgenberger) and has a college-age daughter, Alex (Scarlett Johansson), whom he dotes on; but Dan's comfortable life is given a major shake-up when a large multimedia firm buys the magazine. Seen as a bit long in the tooth to be truly competitive, Dan is demoted to second in command of advertising, and his position is handed over to Carter Duryea (Topher Grace), a 26-year-old who talks a good game about sales but has no practical experience in the field. Dan's wounded ego makes working with the arrogant Carter an uphill battle, but when he learns that Ann is expecting another baby, Dan is in no position to quit. Before long, Dan becomes aware of Carter's intense insecurities about his new job as the younger man reaches out to him for guidance, but this doesn't make Dan any less angry when Carter begins a romance with Alex after his marriage to Kimberley (Selma Blair) crashes and burns. In Good Company marked the solo directorial debut of Paul Weitz; he previously worked in collaboration with his brother Chris Weitz, who serves as producer on this film.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Marketed as a lightweight comedy -- which, to a certain extent, it is -- In Good Company also provides a slyly subversive commentary on America's increasingly youth-oriented corporate culture. Topher Grace, the star of TV's That '70s Show, is perfectly cast as Carter Duryea, a young marketing whiz who assumes control of advertising sales for a long-running sports magazine recently purchased by the media-savvy tycoon for whom he works. Dan Foreman (played by Dennis Quaid), the ousted ad director retained by Carter as his "wing man," watches helplessly as the arrogant newcomer decimates his sales staff and turns a profitable publication into a money-loser. Worse yet, he learns that his new boss has taken a shine to his oldest daughter, 18-year-old Alex (Scarlett Johansson). And he dares not quit because wife Ann (Marg Helgenberger) is pregnant with their third child. Writer-director Paul Weitz (American Pie) exhibits a keen understanding of the dog-eat-dog mentality so pervasive in today's media corporations, and many of the situations he concocts have the ring of truth. Grace does a fine job at conveying Carter's outward confidence and inward insecurity, while Quaid is letter-perfect as the principled salesman and dedicated family man. This is a fine starring vehicle for Grace, who portrays callow youths with unusual skill, but it's really Quaid's performance that anchors the film. The script is peppered with pungent lines and neat little character tags, and while the climactic conflict is resolved in a pat, predictable manner, overall the story is convincingly told.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
One wouldn't have thought so back when he made his scatological debut as the writer of Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000) and director of American Pie (1999), but comic filmmaker Paul Weitz can't help letting his good taste show. About a Boy (2002) awakened critics and viewers to the possibility that a storyteller of sophistication, class, and emotional maturity might be present, but most laid the credit at the feet of smart, funny novelist Nick Hornby, upon whose novel the film was based. With In Good Company (2004), Weitz proves with an original project that a brain and a funny bone can coexist in one artist. That's an uncertain premise in an era when only the most tepid, cretinous comedies succeed at the box office, when even Woody Allen films play like bad mid-season sitcom pilots. Weitz's script abounds with sharp dialogue, scrupulous character development, and observant, trenchant inquiry into the battles between genders, generations, and the inner conflict that exists within anyone forced to balance the professional and personal. The writer/director elicits spot-on performances from Dennis Quaid, alternately baffled and resigned by his sudden new roles at home and the office, but it's in Topher Grace that Weitz really strikes gold -- his stammering, over-confident, bright but wounded quality is reminiscent of a young Dustin Hoffman (or at least George Segal). In Good Company (2004) is a solid, worthy next step in the careers of both Grace and Weitz, and marks them both as talents to keep an eye on in coming years.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Deleted scenes; "Real Life"; "New York Locations"; Commentary with Topher Grace and the director ; And more

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dennis Quaid Dan Foreman
Topher Grace Carter Duryea
Scarlett Johansson Alex Foreman
Marg Helgenberger Ann Foreman
David Paymer Morty
Clark Gregg Steckle
Philip Baker Hall Eugene Kalb
Selma Blair Kimberly
Frankie R. Faison Corwin
Ty Burrell Enrique Colon
Kevin Chapman Lou
Amy Aquino Alicia
Zena Grey Jana
Colleen Camp Receptionist
Malcolm McDowell Teddy K.
Lauren Tom Obstetrician
Ron Bottitta Porsche Dealer
Jon Collin Waiter
Shishir Kurup Maitre D'
Tim Edward Rhoze Theo
Enrique J. Castillo Hector
John Cho Petey
Chris Ausnit Young Executive
Francesca Roberts Loan Officer
Gregory North Lawyer
Gregory Hinton Moving Man
Todd Lyon Moving Man
Thomas J. Dooley Moving Man
Robin Kirksey Basketball Ringer
Kate Ellis Maya (Roommate)
Nick Schutt Carter's Assistant
John Kepley Salesman
Mobin Khan Salesman
Jeanne Kort Saleswoman
Dean A. Parker Mike
Richard Hotson Fired Employee
Sharon Washington Fired Employee
Rebecca Hedrick Teddy K's Assistant
Miguel Arteta Globecom Technician
Sam Tippe Kid at Party
Roma Torre Anchorwoman
Andre Cablayan Legally Dead
Dante Powell Legally Dead

Technical Credits
Paul Weitz Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Remi Adefarasin Cinematographer
William Arnold Production Designer
Stan Barrett Stunts
Sue Chan Art Director
Ray Delamotte Camera Operator
Matt Eddy Associate Producer
Richard Graves Asst. Director
John Hartigan Special Effects Supervisor
Michael Hugghins Stunts
David Hugghins Stunts
Myron Kerstein Editor
Kerry Kohansky Co-producer
Fred Kolo Art Director
Anthony Kramme Stunts
Liz Lapp Set Decoration/Design
Rodney Liber Executive Producer
Molly Maginnis Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrew Miano Executive Producer
Joseph Middleton Casting
Lawrence Pressman Associate Producer
P. Scott Sakamoto Camera Operator
Tricia Sawyer Makeup
Stephen Thompson Consultant/advisor
Stephen Trask Score Composer
Nels Van Patten Consultant/advisor
Chris Weitz Producer
David Wyman Sound Mixer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Company Rumors [4:20]
2. Breaking News [6:33]
3. All Fired Up [6:26]
4. Crash Course [4:07]
5. Heart Attacks [3:41]
6. Synergy [6:47]
7. Weekend Overtime [4:39]
8. Home Cookin [7:01]
9. Moving On [3:43]
10. Conflict of Interest [3:13]
11. Letting Go [3:25]
12. Romance Jitters [7:45]
13. Unreturned Messages [3:06]
14. Taking it to the Hoop [3:37]
15. Birthday Surprise [1:41]
16. Spoiled Appetite [3:55]
17. Intensive Care [8:06]
18. Teddy K. Is Coming [2:50]
19. New Positions [8:24]
20. End Titles [12:07]

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