The Most Realistic Unemployment Movie Ever
By Jenny Marion
Exclusive from our March / April 2012 issue
Having worked in a corporate level human resources role I found The Company Men
to hit the closest to home as I've seen almost the exact same layoff scenario
happen in a company I was working for. What about you? Have you seen any of
these movies and what did you think? Which is the most realistic?
1. Larry Crowne
After losing his job, a middle-aged man reinvents himself by going back to
2. The Company Men
The story centers on a year in the life of three men trying to survive a round
of corporate downsizing at a major company - and how that affects them, their
families, and their communities.
3. Erin Brockovich
An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly
brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city's water
4. Cinderella Man
During the Great Depression, an impoverished ex-prizefighter is suffering
economically as are many Americans. His career appeared to be finished, he was
unable to pay the bills, and was even forced to go on Public Relief.
5. Fun With Dick and Jane (2005)
Dick loses his job shortly after getting a promotion that convinced his wife
Jane to quit her job. The money is gone, and the house ends up in foreclosure.
Dick decides to turn to a hilarious life of crime to pay the bills.
6. The Full Monty
Six unemployed steel workers, inspired by the Chippendale's dancers, form a male
7. The Journey of Natty Gann
Natty Gann is a twelve year old Depression era girl whose single-parent father
leaves her behind in Chicago while he goes to Washington State to look for work
in the timber industry.
8. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
A poor Midwest family is forced off of their land. They travel to California,
suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression.
9. Time Out (2001)
An unemployed man finds his life sinking more and more into trouble as he hides
his situation from his family and friends.
10. Everything Must Go (2010)
When an alcoholic relapses, causing him to lose his wife and his job, he holds a
yard sale on his front lawn in an attempt to start over.
More movie information at: www.imdb.com
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