In Good Company

January 14th, 2005


In Good Company

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A middle-aged ad exec is faced with a new boss who's nearly half his age... and who also happens to be sleeping with his daughter.

Release Year: 2004

Rating: 6.7/10 (32,009 voted)

Critic's Score: 66/100

Director: Paul Weitz

Stars: Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace, Scarlett Johansson

Dan Foreman is headed for a shakeup. He is demoted from head of ad sales for a major magazine when the company he works for is acquired in a corporate takeover. His new boss, Carter Duryea, is half his age--a business school prodigy who preaches corporate synergy. While Dan develops clients through handshake deals and relationships, Carter cross-promotes the magazine with the cell phone division and Krispity Krunch, an indeterminate snack food under the same corporate umbrella. Both men are going through turmoil at home. Dan has two daughters, Alex, age 18, and Jana, age 16, and is shocked when his wife tells him she's pregnant with a new child. Carter, in the meanwhile, is dumped by his wife of seven months just as he gets his promotion. Dan and Carter's uneasy friendship is thrown into jeopardy when Carter falls for, and begins an affair with, Dan's daughter Alex.

Dennis Quaid - Dan
Topher Grace - Carter
Scarlett Johansson - Alex
Marg Helgenberger - Ann
David Paymer - Morty
Clark Gregg - Steckle
Philip Baker Hall - Eugene Kalb
Selma Blair - Kimberly
Frankie Faison - Corwin
Ty Burrell - Enrique Colon
Kevin Chapman - Lou
Amy Aquino - Alicia
Zena Grey - Jana
Colleen Camp - Receptionist
Lauren Tom - Obstetrician

Taglines: He's rich, young and handsome. He's in love with you and he's your dad's boss.


Official Website: Official site [Russia] | Universal [United States] |

Release Date: 14 January 2005

Filming Locations: 7th & Hope Streets, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA

Opening Weekend: $151,750 (USA) (2 January 2005) (3 Screens)

Gross: $45,489,752 (USA) (13 March 2005)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:

Did You Know?

The studio wanted someone from the cast of That '70s Show for the role of Carter and had originally given it to Ashton Kutcher. Kutcher dropped out due to creative differences, and Topher Grace auditioned and got the part. Grace had auditioned four times for the role, and had to convince producer Paul Weitz that he was right for the role, by highlighting his raising by his father, a businessman with sharp negotiation skills.

Continuity: When Carter and Dan are having lunch in the sushi restaurant, there is a point where Carter offers Dan sushi. In two sequential shots of Dan, meant to be in sequence, the same woman in red enters from the right and walks behind Dan.

[first lines]
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User Review

Surprisingly VERY good


Got in to see one of those audience recruited screenings. I was expecting sort of vanilla type movie, but was VERY PLEASANTLY is GOOD! Not superb, but definitely fun, original and very very topical! Dennis Quaid plays an ad exec whose company is taken over by a big conglomerate. Topher Grace, who is half Dennis' age, becomes his boss, and we see the dramatic and comedic dynamic (too may "ics") of the two men as they try to cope with an in flux work and home life. Dennis Quaid and Scarlett Johansson are very good, but Topher Grace is the body slam surprise performance here. Also, as a bonus for the audience, all the supporting cast is filled in with great character actors. I hate spending ten bucks on a ho-hum movie, but this one is definitely worth it. Story-9, Acting-8, Humor-9, Drama-8....OVERALL: 8.5


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