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 Bob (J.K. Simmons) shows Ryan a photo of his two children, it is a photo of Simmons' real children. See more »
At the Hilton Miami, after gatecrashing the Alphatech conference, Ryan, Alex and Natalie take a trip on a yacht (presumably off the Miami coast). However, the yacht is labeled "Three Dog Night, Road Harbour, B.V.I" (for the British Virgin Islands, and with the British spelling for Harbour, not the American one - Harbor), implying this scene was shot about 1100 miles further out in the British Virgin Islands, and not off the Miami coast. See more »
I'm here to be fired right?
We're here to talk about your future
You don't have to "sugar coat" it I get the drill, what are they offering?
Inside the packet you'll find a clearly worked out severance package
Give me the bullet points
It's actually pretty good three months' pay, six months medical and a full year replacement services through our company's CTC
"Replacement services" that's generous
Commonly it takes one month of searching for every ten thousand dollars you earn in salary
So I ...
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Over the end credits, the camera glides over the clouds. Much like the view from a plane. See more »
George Clooney shows something he has never shown before. vulnerability.
Halfway through this movie I considered it an 8 out of 10 and decently spent money. The second half came as a big surprise. George Clooney let go of all his suave and let his eyes show fear and isolation that real people feel.
There were two things going on in this movie. On one end, we were looking at the people getting fired. On the other end, we were seeing the problems with Ryan's way of life. The interviews at the end with the people who lost their jobs explaining that it was family and support that brought them through bad times hit a perfect note for bringing both parts of the story together.
The title of this film literally explains what it is like to not know what aspects of your life are solid, such as a home or a significant other. Everything going on is simply up in the air. One day, what you thought was one way will turn out to be something else entirely.
Best of Reitman's three. Very much recommend it.
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