Ryan Bingham is a corporate downsizing expert whose cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles and just after he's met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams. Written by
When Alex is at the Atlanta airport she asks Ryan if he knows a good place for ribs. Ryan tells her to go to Fat Matt's - a real rib shack on Piedmont Avenue. Director Ivan Reitman is a big fan of the restaurant. In return owners Matt and Kelly Harper presented Reitman with a card entitling him to a "lifetime of ribs." See more »
When Ryan gets to the airport with the cardboard cutout of his sister & fiancé, you can see their heads sticking out of the top of his suitcase. But when he goes through security, there is no cardboard cutout sticking out. See more »
You know why kids love athletes?
Because they screw lingerie models.
No, that's why we love athletes. Kids love them because they follow their dreams.
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Over the end credits, the camera glides over the clouds. Much like the view from a plane. See more »
Given the relentless marketing that accompanied this movie into theaters, expectations are necessarily going to be high. Unfortunately, for me those expectations set the bar too high for something I might have found more enjoyable absent the hype.
Part of what made it hard for me to enjoy this movie was that virtually every character was over the top. On reflection, I see that that they were, in fact, caricatures and not meant to be believable characters. However that satirical aspect was a bit too subtle and they all came across as simply "jumping the shark", as it were. It wasn't billed as satire, it was billed as a tour de force for George Clooney and, as such, it falls somewhat short.
Seen in the right frame of mind, I think this movie could be an enjoyable diversion. However, if you are expecting the movie of the year (or a feel good movie), you'll likely be disappointed.
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