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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

IN GOOD COMPANY (2005)

Paul Weitz ’s film (about Dennis Quaid ’s mid-life career crisis with a new baby-faced boss,Topher Grace) can’t decide what kind of slick workplace pic it wants to be: 9 TO 5 farce?, WORKING GIRL dramedy?, EXECUTIVE SUITE office-politics soaper? The gags, turnabouts & dramatic tropes feel awfully shopworn, even the corporate lingo sounds hopelessly 80s (synergy?, global strategy?). But happily, none of the leads oversell their roles (Marg Helgenberger & David Paymer slide thru genre boundaries like cat burglars), while the basic set up of an old smoothie/surrogate father having to answer to the new kid on the block/surrogate son who learns a thing or two while falling for Scarlett Johansson ’s college-aged daughter, works almost by default.

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