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
The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2008 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »
When George Clooney and Sam Elliott are seated next to each other in the airplane and the camera is viewing them from their right Sam Elliott is clearly three inches taller than Clooney. When the camera viewpoint shifts to their left Clooney is suddenly three inches taller than Elliott. As the viewpoint shifts from side to side Elliott jumps up and down like a moving piston. See more »
I don't have a lot of hope and I really don't know when it's going to get better. There's a lot of people unemployed and I really don't know when there's going to be "light at the end of the tunnel"
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Over the end credits, the camera glides over the clouds. Much like the view from a plane. See more »
We are drawn in by interesting, unique storyline and smart
satirizations. About a man whose unique job is to fly around the
country to inform people that they are fired. He meets a young
ambitious woman that joins his company and who wants to change the
system. Her ideas clash with his personal lifestyle choices.
What the movie really is about is lifestyle choices, and relationship
choices, choosing independence and freedom versus commitment and well
established interpersonal relationships. By taking a definitive stance
the movie provides interesting commentary on those that for whatever
reason (not necessarily for work) don't stay put.
A Monotone mood is established, that gave a bland aspect as though
nothing substantial was happening. Part of the story took a dull
meandering at times, however there were unconventional plot twists that
made something that was seemingly Hollywood predictable not that way at
all. And it was still interesting and entertaining to watch the
The two main characters, although not the most true to life characters
ever created, were brilliant satires of people we all know. We are all
too familiar with the fiercely independent, non-committal, cockily at
ease bachelor and we have also come across the, sharp, type A, ivy
league know it all yet with an obvious naivety especially shown with
her declaration of the specific laundry list of traits that her partner
There were also some smart satirical illustrations of contemporary
times in business, relationships, how people interact and the
recession. For example the use of the smart phones in the new
techno/relationship world is not simply put in as a momentum mechanism
but is used as a symbol to satirize contemporary society.
It is not so much Clooney's acting that is a marvel as the casting,
which was perfect. By being so spot on by choosing someone on the cusp
of getting a little older yet with plenty of playful, youthful vigor we
sense the conflict and the melancholy.
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