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In Good Company (DVD) Topher Grace, Scarlett Johansson, Dennis Quaid
Marketed as a lightweight comedy -- which, to a certain extent, it is -- In Good Company also provides a slyly subversive commentary on America's increasingly youth-oriented corporate culture. Topher Grace, the star of TV's That '70s Show, is perfectly cast as Carter Duryea, a young marketing whiz who assumes control of advertising sales for a long-running sports magazine recently purchased by the media-savvy tycoon for whom he works. Dan Foreman (played by Dennis Quaid), the ousted ad director retained by Carter as his "wing man," watches helplessly as the arrogant newcomer decimates his sales staff and turns a profitable publication into a money-loser. Worse yet, he learns that his new boss has taken a shine to his oldest daughter, 18-year-old Alex (Scarlett Johansson). And he dares not quit because wife Ann (Marg Helgenberger) is pregnant with their third child. Writer-director Paul Weitz (American Pie) exhibits a keen understanding of the dog-eat-dog mentality so pervasive in today's media corporations, and many of the situations he concocts have the ring of truth. Grace does a fine job at conveying Carter's outward confidence and inward insecurity, while Quaid is letter-perfect as the principled salesman and dedicated family man. This is a fine starring vehicle for Grace, who portrays callow youths with unusual skill, but it's really Quaid's performance that anchors the film. The script is peppered with pungent lines and neat little character tags, and while the climactic conflict is resolved in a pat, predictable manner, overall the story is convincingly told.
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