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In Good Company [DVD]

Dennis Quaid , Topher Grace , Ty Burrell    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace, Scarlett Johansson, David Paymer, Clark Gregg
  • Directors: Ty Burrell
  • Producers: Stephen Trask, Paul Weitz
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Jun 2005
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007MAPTC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,152 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Nowadays it's rare to find a movie that pays attention to human weakness as well as strength, and that sees a whole person as having both. When a sports magazine gets bought by a media conglomerate, an ad sales executive named Dave Foreman (Dennis Quaid) finds himself playing second-in-command to Carter Duryea, a hotshot barely half his age (Topher Grace) whose marriage has just fallen apart. One evening Carter invites himself over to Dave's house to escape his loneliness, where he meets Dave's daughter Alex (Scarlett Johansson). The two strike immediate sparks and when they run into each other later in the city, a relationship begins--which they discreetly keep from Dave. But the heart of the movie is not in its plot, but in the way that Dave responds to the news that his wife is pregnant, or how Carter tries to fortify his self-image with a new car. These aren't jokes; the actors inhabit these moments fully and turn them into psychological events. Quaid plays Dave as a simple man, but his straightforwardness feels genuine (rather than a failure of the writer's imagination). Grace and Johansson have terrific chemistry as lovers, but so do Grace and Quaid, both as rivals and as a substitute father and son. In Good Company isn't likely to win any awards, but it's honest and honorable; there's a core of truth to its characters and their problems aren't resolved too neatly. Sometimes, that's worth watching. --Bret Fetzer,

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In Good Company 28 Nov 2005
“In Good Company” is a thoroughly nice film. It has a nice plot, a nice storyline, a cast full of nice guys and a nice ending. It’s never going to set the film world on fire but it’s a professionally made and totally pleasant film that should be well and truly enjoyed.
Dan Foreman is a steady family man who juggles the responsibilities of home and work with the skill of a circus performer. He’s liked and respected by his colleagues at the advertising sales of a sports magazine and loved and adored by his wife and two daughters. Life is good until two huge bombshells descend on him within hours. Firstly he discovers that his wife is pregnant and at 51 he’s naturally worried that he’s too old to be a dad again. Secondly the company he works for is taken over by a huge global corporation and shock horror, a young wizz kid has been placed above him.
Carter Duryea is the 26 year old executive who’s been groomed for big things within the corporation. For all his management speak verbal diarrhoea he’s really a nervous young man, unsure of how to deal with the new team he’s just taken command of. To round off Carter’s problems he wife of only 7 months leaves him, leaving him alone and more than a little forlorn in the strange town. He forces himself an invitation to Dan’s home for dinner and it’s there than he meets and falls for Dan’s beautiful daughter Alex. How will Dan be able to cope with the idea of his younger boss also loving his daughter?
Dennis Quaid is perfect for this sort of role, as Dan he’s fills the part with an authoritarian fatherly figure than is not only totally believable but absolutely convincing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sophisticated comedy 28 July 2006
Dennis Quaid is a veteran adman, Scarlett Johansson is his daughter, and Topher Grace is his new boss - and her new boyfriend.

Complications ensue, but not the ones you might expect, in a sophisticated, well-played and surprisingly subtle comedy from American Pie director Paul Weitz.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
As you drive off to the 9 to 5 in your company Lexus, consider how secure is your grip on that corner office with a view.
At age 52, Dan Foreman (Dennis Quaid) is the veteran, successful, and respected advertising manager for a national sports magazine. Life is good. Sure, there are speed bumps: his late-forties wife, Ann (Marg Helgenberger) suddenly announces she's pregnant with their third child, and his eldest daughter, Alex (Scarlett Johansson), is off to live in the Big Apple and attend NYU. But, a second mortgage will take care of all this. Then, the publication is bought by a corporate takeover shark, and Dan's office and position are hijacked by Carter Duryea (Topher Grace), an upstart executive literally half Foreman's age. Though not fired himself, Dan is relegated to being Carter's "wingman", and must watch as other members of his old team are axed. Oh, and did I mention that Carter is seduced by Alex and lands in her bed?
Perhaps Duryea should have been scripted to be, in the eyes of the audience, more callow and unredeemably meaner. At first, it appears that this may be the case. But, after Carter's brand new Porsche sports car is crunched by an SUV as he drives off the dealer's lot, he acquires a conscience, sensitivity, and the viewers' sympathy. Thus, the ending, during which balance at the office is restored, seemed oddly unsatisfying and open-ended.
The best reasons to see IN GOOD COMPANY are Quaid, Johansson, and Grace, all of whose characters are basically decent and incredibly engaging. None of the obvious tensions result in irretrievably rancorous conflict between the three, and so the film becomes primarily a comedy with dramatic overtones rather than a drama with comedic elements.
IN GOOD COMPANY is a 4-star piece of inoffensive fluff perfectly suitable for viewing by the whole family - eminently watchable and enjoyable, but not memorable.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
"In Good Company" is definitely good comedy and makes for terrific entertainment! Contemporary big business practices are satirized here Big Time! Written and directed by Paul Weitz, this is a film with a fluid storyline interwoven with some poignant threads about how we set our priorities and choose to live our lives. Not corny or too sentimental, the top-notch cast and good acting only increase the viewers' pleasure. Dennis Quaid is fabulous here, as is Topher Grace, his young nemesis. What more could one desire in a movie for a fun evening - except some hot popcorn?
Dan Foreman, (Dennis Quaid), is the successful Director of Marketing for Sports America Magazine. He actually likes his work, which is good, since he is a twenty-five year veteran of the ad industry. Dan is a fifty-something family man, married to forty-ish Anne Foreman, (stunning Marg Helgenberger from TV's CSI), who, we learn early on, is pregnant - a pre-menopausal surprise! It's OK, they're thrilled about the upcoming event! Daughter Alex, (Scarlett Johansson), an eighteen year-old college student, and her slightly younger sister Jana, (Zena Gray), really make-up the kind of warm, loving family anyone would want to belong to. These are decent, intelligent, normal people, who all seem to possess a sense of humor - some quirkier than others.
Carter Duryea, (Topher Grace), is a 26 year-old marketing wiz for GlobeCom, a multinational corporate conglomerate, owned and run by a Rupert Murdoch-like figure, "Teddy K," (Malcolm McDowell). Carter has frequently impressed his colleagues and managers with his creativity. His latest success, a cell phone ad campaign which targets preschoolers with dinosaur multi-colored mini phones, that roar instead of ring, has put smiles on GlobeCom employees' faces.
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4.0 out of 5 stars People with morals are not appreciated
In the world of selling things - and if you get old it's even worse. However the old guys have a trick or two up their sleeves and the newbie learns some important lessons - good... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Feel good film
Yeah ....... Story was amusing and wholesome - just the thing to make you feel there is justice in the world.
Published 14 months ago by Mrs. H. R. Logan
5.0 out of 5 stars very good and funny film
This is a great item and I would most certainly recommend it to others.
It is worth every penny paid for it.
Published 16 months ago by ian
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
Being fans of Dennis Quaid we decided to buy this DVD because it was not available in blu ray. Still managed to get a great picture and sound. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Peter E.
2.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the Most Annoying Film I Have Ever Seen
Until half way through I was laughing out loud. All the principals are well acted and funny. The Grace character is weird, and in a way the whole film revolves around him and I am... Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2011 by conjunction
5.0 out of 5 stars Great HD DVD
We have in our home the luxury from Blu ray and HD DVD.
But the quality from HD DVD looks even better than from Blu Ray.
Published on 11 Jan 2011 by KoSas
2.0 out of 5 stars In Good Company
It was an inetesting movie but it was too long and could have had a better ending.
Published on 15 Aug 2010 by Dr. S. Charlton
3.0 out of 5 stars witty and touching - a sensible rather than a dramatic comedy film
In Good Company wasn't a laugh out loud film but it was witty throughout its duration and had one or two touching moments in it too as the relationships between the characters... Read more
Published on 18 May 2008 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars CORPORATIONS ARE "PEOPLE" TOO
This has to be my surprise find of 2004! How many recent films have stood for something fundamental and still managed to be heart-warming and funny without being schticky? Read more
Published on 6 Sep 2005 by Shashank Tripathi
5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshingly honest, sincere film many can relate to
In Good Company is a well-made, entertaining film that reveals the soullessness of our modern "Who Moved My Cheese?" society. Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2005 by Daniel Jolley
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