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Favorite Unemployment Films
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Brassed Off (1996)
Director: Mark Herman
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Tara Fitzgerald, Pete Postlethwaite, Stephen Tompkinson, Jim Carter, Philip Jackson, Peter Martin, Melanie Hill, Sue Johnston, Mary Healey, Stephen Moore, Kenneth Colley and Peter Gunn
The coal mine in a northern English village may be closing, which would also mean the end of the miners' brass band.
The Company Men (2018)
Director: John Wells
Starring: Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Chris Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones, Maria Bello, Craig T. Nelson and Rosemarie DeWitt
Chronicling 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.
Starring: Riccardo Scamarcio, Juliane Köhler, Ulrich Tukur, Anny Duperey, Mona Achache, Bruno Lochet, David Lowe, Antoine Monot Jr., Eric Caravaca and Michel Robin
An unemployed illegal immigrant tries to get to Paris via Greece in an attempt to secure employment.
Evelyn (2002) (2002)
Director: Bruce Beresford
Producers: Pierce Brosnan, Beau St. Clair and Michael Ohoven
Starring: Sophie Vavasseur, Pierce Brosnan, Aidan Quinn, Julianna Margulies, Stephen Rea, Frank Kelly and Alan Bates
When the mother of young Evelyn Doyle abandons her family, her devastated father, Desmond, is left to care for Evelyn and her brothers on his own. Because Irish laws forbid children to be raised in a home without two parents, Evelyn and her brothers are removed from Desmond's care and sent to separate orphanages. Desmond, who is out of work and abusing alcohol, will have to challenge the Irish courts to bring his children home.
The Full Monty (1997)
Director: Peter Cattaneo
Starring: Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, William Snape, Steve Huison, Tom Wilkinson, Paul Barber and Hugo Speer
After their factory shuts down, six unemployed steel workers from Sheffield, England decide to form decide to form an exotic male dance troupe, a la the Chippendales, with one difference: despite their average-at-best physiques, they're going to go "the full monty", meaning they'll offer their audience total nudity.
Fun with Dick and Jane (1977)
Director: Ted Kotcheff
Starring: Jane Fonda, George Segal, Ed McMahon, Richard Gautier, Allan Miller, Hank Garcia, John Dehner, Walter Brooke, Mary Jackson, Thayer David, Anne Ramsey and Jay Leno
When an upwardly mobile couple find themselves unemployed and in debt, they turn to armed robbery in desperation.
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Director: John Ford
Based on the novel by John Steinbeck
Starring: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin, John Qualen, Ward Bond, Dorris Bowdon, Russell Simpson and O.Z. Whitehead
After their drought-ridden Oklahoma farm is seized by the bank, the Joad family - led by just-paroled son Tom - loads up a truck and heads West. On the road, beset by hardships, the Joads meet dozens of other families making the same trek and holding onto the same dream. Once in California, however, the Joads soon realize that the promised land isn't quite what they'd hoped for and they become little more than slave labor.
Up in the Air (2009)
Director: Jason Reitman
Starring: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Melanie Lynskey, J. K. Simmons, Zach Galifianakis and Sam Elliott
Ryan Bingham's job is to fire people from theirs. The anguish, hostility, and despair of his "clients" has left him falsely compassionate, living out of a suitcase, and loving every second of it. When his boss hires arrogant young Natalie, she develops a method of video conferencing that will allow termination without ever leaving the office - essentially threatening the existence Ryan so cherishes. Determined to show the naive girl the error of her logic, Ryan takes her on one of his cross country firing expeditions, but as she starts to realize the disheartening realities of her profession, he begins to see the downfalls to his way of life.
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