Project 101

Dan attempts to watch 101 movies in 12 months

#6 In The Company Of Men

Posted by Dan on December 9, 2008

I think everyone’s thrown a terrible party. Not deliberately though. You put a plan together, you organise food and drinks, you clean the place up a little, put together a sweet iTunes playlist, invite some of your best friends and everything should come together. But it just doesn’t. The intention is there, but for some unknown reason, it’s just not quite the night you thought it’d be. See where I’m going with this?

On paper, this is a great movie. A great plot, a terrific leading man, just an overall great concept that for some reason, just falls short. In The Company of Men is about two guys who are on a 6-week working trip to … some American city. They decide that, due to their stories of woe and torment from relationships, that they need to exact revenge on the female species, so they set out to find the most innocent and naive girl that they can find, be the perfect boyfriend to her, then dump her and totally destroy her emotionally. Things then go awry when one of the guys falls in love with her.

Personally, I was interested in the movie up until “one of the guys falls in love with her”, and it becomes yet another cliche bullshit movie that’s been done a heap of times. Aaron Eckhart stars as the main protagonist, and he does a damn fine job (almost too fine actually), there’s just a few things I just couldn’t swallow – for instance, the other actor, Matt Malloy, is ugly as fuck, and looks like he could be the younger brother of George Costanza. There’s no way that  girl could fall for a dude as hot as Aaron, and still find Matt attractive. He’s just not the heart-throb kind.

I think I was so disappointed by this movie because I was looking forward to it so much, that, I dunno, it just lacked *something*, but I can’t work out what it is.

I give this 2 out of 5 comb-overs

One Response to “#6 In The Company Of Men”

  1. Dee said

    Am I supposed to comment over there or here? I AM CONFUSED. Anyway, I am definitely going to rewatch this in the next few days so I can offer a more thoughtful response, but I am disappointed that you are disappointed, because while I didn’t exactly like the movie, it stayed with me for a long, long time afterwards and I think it was startlingly effective at what it set out to do.

    I think Matt Malloy’s character is supposed to be gooby, but I have forgotten why. I’ll get back to you on that once I’ve watched it again – maybe it will turn out to be one of those “better in your memories” things.

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