With The Company Men, writer/director John Wells tells a Great Recession story. His impressive performers are strong conduits for the disgrace businessmen sometimes face, yet the movie is crippled by its earnestness. It’s as if Wells first and foremost strives for accuracy and decided drama is ancillary. Peppered with fleeting moments of tension and tragedy, Wells clearly feels for recently-maligned businessmen and their families. Naturally, there is a message amidst his story, which takes a sharp look at the aftermath of America’s amoral capitalism. Wells stops short of a call to action, which is just as well since his slow-burn screenplay squanders the potential for palpable outrage.