Opening 24 Mar 2005
Director Paul Weitz (About a Boy) writes and directs a most believable storyline depicting today’s global economy and his disturbing concept of today’s Corporate America. What is even more thought-provoking is his favorable twist toward strong family values including the development and importance of solid, lasting friendships. The question his material poses is: When all is said and done, what is really important in life?
Dan Foreman (Dennis Quaid) is a 51-year-old managing editor for a well-known sports magazine. He has had an amazing career, is at the top of his game and works with a great team of people that he put together. His wife, Ann (Marg Helgenberger), and two daughters, Alex (Scarlett Johansson) and Jana (Zena Grey), are the pride and joy of his existence. They are a loving family; they genuinely care about each other and communicate effectively their level of caring. Well, let’s say, that those levels of caring are portrayed with a delightful sense of humor that is natural and endearing. Suddenly changes happen in the Foreman household that takes them off guard. Dan’s company is bought out overnight and he suddenly has young 26-year-old Carter (Topher Grace) as his boss who knows nothing about the business except how to motivate people using questionable ethics. Driven by selfish greed and ambition, Carter is caught up in the web of climbing the corporate ladder at someone else’s expense until he meets Dan and his family. How they will deal with each family member’s crisis has to do with choosing to keep in good company or not, and to keep working at what is important in life. (Karen Pecota)