IN THE COMPANY OF MEN is about a psychological love triangle set within
90s corporate culture.
Chad and Howard, two young white collar executives from a home office in
a nameless city, are first seen en route to a six-week business trip at
a branch office. Both are frustrated by their lot in life -- passed over
for promotions by younger colleagues at work and rejected by their respective
long term girlfriends -- so they formulate a plan that will bond them in
their pain in order to ultimately feel better about themselves as men. All
they need now is a girl.
Chad's late night barroom suggestion is to find a young woman susceptible
enough to be pulled into a situation in which both men can date her during
their stay, someone not used to this kind of attention. If luck is with
them, they'll dash her hopes during their last days in town and, as Chad
says, "she'll be reaching for the sleeping pills within a week and
you and me, we'll laugh about this until we're very old men." Not long
after they arrive, Chad discovers a beautiful deaf woman working in the
What ensues is a cat-and-mouse game of one-upmanship that escalates into
full scale psychological warfare. Both Chad and Howard work to win the affections
of the young woman, yet the intensity and reasons behind their deception
begin to take drastically different courses. Only too late does this "frat
boy" prank begin to reveal itself as deadly serious, with a struggle
between the two men at the heart of the battle. The woman is only a means
to an end, a pawn easily captured and tossed aside in a dark, wicked duel
for corporate ascension.