In Good Company

Release date:December 29, 2004
(NY, LA; wide release: January 14)

Studio:Universal Pictures

Director:Paul Weitz

MPAA Rating:PG-13 (for some sexual content and drug references)


Starring:Dennis Quaid, Scarlett Johansson, Topher Grace, Marg Helgenberger, David Paymer, Philip Baker Hall


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Plot Summary:

From the co-director and Academy Award®-nominated co-screenwriter of "About a Boy," Paul Weitz, comes the insightful and human comedy "In Good Company". Dan Foreman (Dennis Quaid) is 51 and his life is good...on the whole. The long-term head of ad sales at the weekly Sports America has just celebrated the magazine's biggest year, thanks in large part to Dan's warm, honest, handshake deal style and the departmental esprit de corps he fosters. Even the news of his wife's unexpected pregnancy and the acceptance of his eldest daughter, Alex (Scarlett Johansson), into NYU leave Dan happy, though not entirely unconcerned about family finances--but he will, as he always has, manage. Carter Duryea (Topher Grace) is 26 and thinks his life is awesome, mostly. The whiz kid has been devoting himself single-mindedly to getting ahead at the multi-national conglomerate Globecom. Management even knows his name--Carter is being "groomed" for his next rung on the corporate ladder: heading up ad sales at one of the cornerstone publications newly acquired by Globecom in their latest takeover, the magazine Sports America. Unfortunately for Carter, his promotion coincides with the crumbling of his seven-month marriage and he has no one, save a pet fish, to share his joy with. But he knows he's on his way, he's going places- -and he'll manage. Dan's exasperation at his demotion is nothing compared to his incredulity at being replaced by the 26-year-old Carter. But in light of the new developments at home, he needs his job as much as Carter needs his. Forging a tenuous relationship out of corporate necessity, the two begin working together to meet Globecom's mandate of cutting the department's budget while increasing revenue by 35 percent...until Alex and Carter begin an affair, which they hide from Dan. The corporate handbook has precious little to say about sleeping with your employee's collegiate daughter and if word were ever to get out, news of their affair would seriously threaten Carter's détente with Dan, Alex's close relationship with her father and the progress the two salesmen have made at Sports America. All in all, life for both Dan and Carter just got a bit more complicated.

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