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50 Coolest Fictional Movie Companies

Resources Development Administration

The Company: Space-faring miners who have turned to alien planets, notably Pandora in Avatar (2009), to locate precious minerals to replace Earth's depleted stocks.

Why We'd Want To Work There: The RDA funds the experimental Avatar programme, so we could play at being giant, blue aliens.

Though We Could Probably Do Without: The rapacious colonialism and trigger-happy militarism of our employers.

Pierce and Pierce

The Company: Wall Street financier with the dubious claim of employing two troubled individuals - Sherman McCoy in The Bonfire Of The Vanities (1990) and Patrick Bateman in American Psycho (2000).

Why We'd Want To Work There: The chance to hide our masks of sanity behind the trimmings of Manhattan's high society - great suits, great haircuts and lunch at Dorsia.

Though We Could Probably Do Without: The murderous business card envy.

Adventureland

The Company: Pittsburgh theme park seen in the eponymous 2009 film - the only place where James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg) can get a summer job.

Why We'd Want To Work There: The chance to hook up with like-minded casual workers for that all-important rite of passage.

Though We Could Probably Do Without: The park bosses playing Rock Me Amadeus 20 times a day over the P.A.

Duke & Duke

The Company: Philadelphia commodities brokerage run by the devious Duke brothers, Randolph (Ralph Bellamy) and Mortimer (Don Ameche) in Trading Places (1983).

Why We'd Want To Work There: Their philanthropy in taking young men like Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) off the streets and giving them a career.

Though We Could Probably Do Without: The chance it might be us who - like Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd) - who has to make way for the newcomer.

Lunar Industries

The Company: Mining contractors with a lucrative satellite-wide licence to harvest gas from the Moon (in the 2009 film of the same name).

Why We'd Want To Work There: If it's solitude you're after, this is your dream gig, as your only company on a three-year mission is Kevin Spacey-voiced computer GERTY.

Though We Could Probably Do Without: The small print in the contract that reveals we are a clone of the original us, with a limited three-year life span.

Career Transitions Corporation

The Company: Outsourcing consultancy who take on the burden of telling their clients' employees that they've been made redundant, as seen in Up In The Air (2009).

Why We'd Want To Work There: As Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) eulogises, there is freedom in being forever on the road in a life without complications.

Though We Could Probably Do Without: The crushed faces of the workers whose lives are ruined by our news.

Buy N Large

The Company: Frankly, the only choice for all of your consumer needs in the year 2805. They'll feed you, entertain you and even jet you off to the stars while Wall-E (2008) takes care of the pollution back home.

Why We'd Want To Work There: The automated systems take care of pretty much everything, so we'd be able to sit back and relax just like everyone else… only we'd be getting paid for the privilege.

Though We Could Probably Do Without: Our morbid obesity and mindless conformity.

Acme Corporation

The Company: All-purpose manufacturer whose cartoon goods proved notoriously unreliable for Wile E. Coyote. The company itself is seen in Who Framed Roger Rabbit .

Why We'd Want To Work There: A gig in the research & development department, dreaming up the next wacky gadget, would be amazing.

Though We Could Probably Do Without: The slipshod Quality Control department letting our mistakes get onto the market.

Umbrella Corporation

The Company: Making billions from cosmetics isn't enough. This multi-national also trades secretly in bioweapons, except - oops - one virus got loose and is turning everyone into the Resident Evil (2002).

Why We'd Want To Work There: The chance to play God by bringing the dead back to life.

Though We Could Probably Do Without: The firm's habit of trying to cover its tracks by wiping out loose ends, including us loyal workers.

McDowell's

The Company: Fast food restaurant in Queens owned by Cleo McDowell (John Amos), where Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) gets a job in Coming To America (1988).

Why We'd Want To Work There: It takes balls for someone to rip off the name and branding of McDonald's, but as Cleo points out, his Big Mc is nothing like a Big Mac - "they both contain two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions. But they use a sesame seed bun. My buns have no seeds."

Though We Could Probably Do Without: The threat of being sued by their near-namesake.