Picks and Pans Review: In Good Company
Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace, Scarlett Johansson
Dan Foreman’s new boss looks like he has barely started shaving. “How old are you?” demands Foreman (Quaid), 51, on meeting whippersnapper Carter Duryea (Grace), the 26-year-old interloper who has snatched the older man’s corner office and title following a buyout of the sports magazine where Foreman had headed advertising sales.
Old enough to know that firing the savvy veteran would be bad for business. Despite their generational clashes, the ambitious Duryea keeps Foreman on as his No. 2 in this smartly written, compassionate comedy about the contemporary workplace from writer-director Paul Weitz (About a Boy). What the young biz whiz takes longer to realize is how much he will learn about life, love, family and actually liking one’s job from the old-timer.
Quaid is ruggedly appealing as the self-assured Foreman, and Grace continues to impress with his light comedic touch. In supporting roles, Marg Helgenberger and Johansson add zest as, respectively, Foreman’s wife and daughter. In Good Company pulls its punches toward the end, but that doesn’t keep it from being tremendously entertaining. (PG-13)