This long-delayed spoof about the "true story" behind the Bay of Pigs was released shortly after Thirteen Days, another movie about a Cuban (missile) crisis. The latter represented something of a comeback for Kevin Costner... more » (after For Love of the Game) and director Roger Donaldson (after Dante's Peak). For Douglas McGrath, who cowrote Bullets Over Broadway (1994) and directed Emma (1996), Company Man represents something of a comedown. First off, it's just not very funny--and becomes even less so during its 81-minute running time. Secondly, McGrath, who has appeared in several Woody Allen films, is simply not charismatic enough to carry a picture--not this one, at any rate. Then there's the matter of a talented supporting cast in the service of material that feels both underwritten and overedited (possibly against the directors' wishes). To his credit, McGrath is more of a verbal comedian (in over-enunciated Kevin Spacey mold) than a physical one. Consequently, he (grammar teacher-turned-CIA agent Quimp) and Allen (Quimp's superior) get the best lines. The physical gags mostly fall flat. Sigourney Weaver (Quimp's nagging wife), John Turturro (his overzealous partner), and Alan Cumming (deposed leader Batista) are hamstrung by this emphasis on the physical (and one-dimensional). Ultimately, McGrath (and cowriter-director Peter Askin) attempts to align Company Man with nebbish-in-the-middle satires like Allen's Bananas (1971) rather than serious-minded fare like Thirteen Days. He only proves that more time spent working for the Master (Allen)--rather than vice versa--should be in order. --Kathleen C. Fennessy« less
""Company Man" is a spoof/comedy which is basically a work of fiction but placed in a certain place in History. It's 1961, around the time of the Bay of Pigs, and English Grammar teacher, Allen Quimp goes CIA agent(much to the chagrin of the CIA, to them he is a joke). He is sent on a "secret mission" to Cuba to assassinate Castro.
I'm not sure who this guy is who plays Allen, but he reminded me a little of Kevin Spacey, in the physical sense. Acting wise, he was hardly Oscar material, but I think he pulls the role off quite well. Especially up against Sigourney Weaver, who plays his greedy/selfish wife, Daisy. She gets some of the funniest lines in the film. John Toutorro plays his partner in crime, and he is very good and funny in his role. An almost unrecognizable Anthony Lapalgia plays Castro. Woody Allen is also in it, and he gets some funny lines also. Sprinkle in a little bit of Alan Cumming, playing his usual flamboyant character, and you have an interesting and entertaining line up of actors in this little comedy. I was entertained, and I laughed more in this than I have at most of the comedies I watched from the year 2001.
If you are a fan of films that spoof points in history, than this may be right up your alley. It will at least give you a good chuckle or two."
TheReviewer | United States | 02/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm surprized this movie hasn't received better reviews. I never get tired of this movie. Denis Leary has a small part, but he does it really well - it shows he can handle large AND small roles. All of the other actors in this movie collectively bring the movie together in a wonderfully cheerful way. Give this movie a shot, its so much more entertaining than you'd ever expect."
Well I thought...
Diana | Dacula, GA USA!!! | 05/21/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was a hilarious movie! I saw it for the first time on IFC and couldn't stop sitting in front of the TV (I hardly watch TV). Now it is one of my favorite movies and it never gets old. Some parts are hard to understand the comedy in them, but once you see it over again-it seems clear and you finally get it-and just laugh! I guarantee you will have a good time watching this and if not, at least it's not like ANY other movie you've ever seen before. And the end credit bits are funny and add to all the laughter you just experienced. At least rent it and give it a shot. Everybody else who didn't enjoy it were just being too critical and pompous-just watch it-it's a movie, not politics!"
Off-beat, clever, goofy
R. Baker | Chicago, IL | 07/26/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If the three words of the title of my review appeal to you, then this movie should, too. I'd never heard of the lead actor/director/writer (Douglas McGrath) but I found him to be very humorous and enjoyable. Turns out he co-wrote Woody Allen's "Bullets Over Broadway," "Emma," and other excellent films.
Anyway, he is perfect in his role as the wimpy grammar teacher/driver's ed instructor who lies about being a CIA agent in order to impress his domineering wife, and then actually ends up being hired by the CIA. The scene where he corrects the grammar of a fellow-agent in Cuba is great and could be used by teachers everywhere to bring humor to the teaching of grammar and to help students have fun over the "who/whom" conundrum.
However, I hate to single out just that scene, because there are so many good bits in the film. Does every joke work? No. There are a few that fall by the wayside. But, what the heck. There are very few films that keep me laughing all the way through and that have such a great ensemble cast, all of whom pull off their parts to a tee and all of whom know how to work a scene for a good chortle.
For a movie that is not a cliche and that is not your typical Hollywood by-the-numbers comedy give this one a try. Personally, I hope McGrath makes another film soon and that this one gets the attention it deserves."
SticksWa | Woodinville, WA United States | 10/01/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is hilarious!The comedy isn't in disgusting acts but rather in the script. The main actor is a very funny character. The whole movie I was laughing throughout as they the script was very upbeat and always in tempo with what was going on screen. The acting was perfect with the script and all the actors did a great job portraying this movie.See this movie! Rent it or buy it see it for yourself, you will not be disappointed."