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Release Date: December 25, 2003

Starring: Neve Campbell, Malcolm McDowell, James Franco, and the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago

Genre: Drama/Ballet

Audience: Older teenagers and
adults REVIEWER: Dr. Ted
Baehr Robert Altman has
directed many movies, most of
them mediocre and a few
arguably great. Although one
critic at this screening
dismissed all of Altman’s
movies, there are some that
MOVIEGUIDE® appreciates, but
THE COMPANY is not one of
them. It is a disjointed,
aimless, post-modern,
deconstructionist, pro-Hindu,
ensemble piece with very few
interesting traits. All of
this is being said by one who
likes ballet. In fact, it
should be mentioned that, if
you do like ballet, go see THE
NUTRCRACKER, rent the 1948
movie THE RED SHOES, or wait
for the Leningrad-Kirov Ballet
to come to town. THE COMPANY
starts with a post-modern
geometric ballet, somewhat
sexual and disjointed. The
essence of whatever story
there is revolves around Ry,
played very well by Neve
Campbell, who is an up and
coming dancer in the Joffrey
Ballet of Chicago. Ry’s
partner in the ballet falls
for another ballerina. Ry
falls for a gourmet cook.
Malcolm McDowell as Mr. A, the
director of the ballet,
blusters his way through
several scenes. Then, an
effete Canadian director
assembles the company to
perform what he thinks is a
brilliant ode to Shiva and the
divine chakra located in the
spiinbe, but the ballet looks
more like a mess with a few
sexual scenes thrown into the
mix. In the movie, there are
nude ballerinas in the
dressing rooms, homosexual
ballerinas, cross-dressing
ballerinas, a Christmas party
that mocks everything and
everybody, a vignette in a
flophouse where many of the
ballerinas sleep on the floor,
and a disjointed series of
scenes with lackluster
dialogue. To stay awake, you
may have to bring a double
expresso. Although the movie
is aimless, it comes back to
full circle, which reinforces
its Hindu theme. What was
astounding about this movie is
a complete lack of reference
to the classical western
history of ballet with its
Judeo-Christian roots. This
ballet company is so far
adrift, it has no roots. One
of the top secular reviewers
walked out two-thirds into the
movie, something MOVIEGUIDE®
never does even when we’re
being tortured by such
boredom. There are people who
are going to give THE COMPABNY
a good review. They are
probably as vacuous as the
director of the Hindu ballet.
The best part of the movie is
Robert Altman’s statement in
the production notes for the
movie, “Here are world-class
artists who, for the most
part, are poorly paid and live
hand to mouth; often in very
unglamorous conditions. They
take immaculate care of their
bodies while smoking countless
cigarettes, downing endless
cups of coffee, and working
punishing hours. Their daily
reality includes bloody feet,
bludgeoned ambitions, and the
work itself – in all its
demanding beauty.” His
statement reminds me of what
it was like growing up on
Broadway. If only Mr. Altman
had made that movie. .
. Please address your comments
to: Michael Barker, Tom
Bernard and Marcie
Bloom Co-Presidents Sony
Pictures Classics 550 Madison
Avenue, 8th Floor New York, NY
10022 Phone: (212)
833-8833 Web Page:
www.spe.sony.com

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 113 minutes

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Director: Robert Altman

Executive Producer:

Producer: Joshua Astrachan and David Levy

Writer: Barbara Turner

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Content:

(PaPa, Ho, Ab, LLL, S, NN, A, D, M) Strong pagan worldview with many references to Hinduism, including a ballet based on Hindu mythic characters, T-shirts with Shiva on them, the serpent as a central theme, and pagan rituals within the ballet, as well as homosexuals within a ballet company, and a Christmas party mocks everything and everybody; 9 obscenities and 5 profanities; no violence; transsexuals, cross-dressing, homosexuals, before and after fornication scenes, and woman asks for condom so she can mix it up in a group sleep over; upper female nudity in dressing room scenes and upper male nudity; drinking; smoking; and, group living arrangements, jealousy, and sordid nightclub scenes.

GENRE: Drama/Ballet

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Summary:

THE COMPANY is a disjointed fictional tale about the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, an up-and-coming dancer played by Neve Campbell, and two ballet directors. It is a disjointed, aimless, post-modern, deconstructionist, pro-Hindu, ensemble piece with very few interesting traits, even for those who like ballet.

Review:

Robert Altman has directed many movies, most of them mediocre and a few arguably great. Although one critic at this screening dismissed all of Altman’s movies, there are some that MOVIEGUIDE® appreciates, but THE COMPANY is not one of them. It is a disjointed, aimless, post-modern, deconstructionist, pro-Hindu, ensemble piece with very few interesting traits. All of this is being said by one who likes ballet. In fact, it should be mentioned that, if you do like ballet, go see THE NUTRCRACKER, rent the 1948 movie THE RED SHOES, or wait for the Leningrad-Kirov Ballet to come to town.

THE COMPANY starts with a post-modern geometric ballet, somewhat sexual and disjointed. The essence of whatever story there is revolves around Ry, played very well by Neve Campbell, who is an up and coming dancer in the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago. Ry’s partner in the ballet falls for another ballerina. Ry falls for a gourmet cook. Malcolm McDowell as Mr. A, the director of the ballet, blusters his way through several scenes. Then, an effete Canadian director assembles the company to perform what he thinks is a brilliant ode to Shiva and the divine chakra located in the spiinbe, but the ballet looks more like a mess with a few sexual scenes thrown into the mix.

In the movie, there are nude ballerinas in the dressing rooms, homosexual ballerinas, cross-dressing ballerinas, a Christmas party that mocks everything and everybody, a vignette in a flophouse where many of the ballerinas sleep on the floor, and a disjointed series of scenes with lackluster dialogue. To stay awake, you may have to bring a double expresso.

Although the movie is aimless, it comes back to full circle, which reinforces its Hindu theme. What was astounding about this movie is a complete lack of reference to the classical western history of ballet with its Judeo-Christian roots. This ballet company is so far adrift, it has no roots. One of the top secular reviewers walked out two-thirds into the movie, something MOVIEGUIDE® never does even when we’re being tortured by such boredom.

There are people who are going to give THE COMPABNY a good review. They are probably as vacuous as the director of the Hindu ballet.

The best part of the movie is Robert Altman’s statement in the production notes for the movie, “Here are world-class artists who, for the most part, are poorly paid and live hand to mouth; often in very unglamorous conditions. They take immaculate care of their bodies while smoking countless cigarettes, downing endless cups of coffee, and working punishing hours. Their daily reality includes bloody feet, bludgeoned ambitions, and the work itself – in all its demanding beauty.” His statement reminds me of what it was like growing up on Broadway. If only Mr. Altman had made that movie. . .

Please address your comments to:

Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and Marcie Bloom

Co-Presidents

Sony Pictures Classics

550 Madison Avenue, 8th Floor

New York, NY 10022

Phone: (212) 833-8833

Web Page: www.spe.sony.com

SUMMARY: THE COMPANY is a disjointed fictional tale about the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, an up-and-coming dancer played by Neve Campbell, and two ballet directors. It is a disjointed, aimless, post-modern, deconstructionist, pro-Hindu, ensemble piece with very few interesting traits, even for those who like ballet.

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