The PJ Tatler

Will downsizing victims line up for 'The Company Men'?

Who wants to see a movie about nice people getting pink slips? Anyone?

Writer/director John Wells of “ER” fame hopes audiences are game for his zeitgeist grabbing drama “The Company Men.” The film, opening today, stars Ben Affleck as a salesman who loses his high paying gig in a downsizing tsunami.

The cast includes a bevy of Oscar winners including Chris Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones and Kevin Costner. The movie may hit too close to home for some, but that didn’t adversely impact “Up in the Air,” the 2009 George Clooney vehicle exploring the personal impact of our flagging economy.

I chatted with Wells earlier this week and was pleased to hear him defend both the American work ethic and our ability to rally to our neighbor’s side in times of duress. Movie goers may avoid “Men” for more flip fare like “No Strings Attached,” but Wells’ film boasts an optimistic streak that could resonate with a jittery public.