George Clooney plays Ryan Bingham, a high flying executive whose job is to travel all over the US to fire people. For Ryan, firing is not about company policy or financial restructuring. Its an art. And art he turns it into, advising 50 yr olds on how to restart their careers all over again and how to do something they really really wanted to do(a Hollywood obsession). He does all this while pursuing his ultimate goal - frequent flyer miles. In between all of this, he gets into a casual relationship with Alex(played by the very sexy Vera Farmiga) and has to coach Natalie(Anna Kendrick). The movie mainly is about how these two relationships affect his attitude and thinking.
George Clooney fits the role to a T and does a remarkable job while charming you with his usual 'sexiest man alive' smile. Kendrick is lovable as the confused Natalie and Vera Farmiga is perfecto as the sexy Alex. The writing and dialogues are absolutely mindblowing. Sample this
" I am not racist. I just stereotype."
"There has never been a worse time for America. This is our moment."
"I thought our relationship was perfectly clear. You are an escape. You're a break from our normal lives. You're a parenthesis. "
I loved the ending where some laid off employees remark to the camera that if you have your family with you, you can battle almost everything and anything!
An intelligent and emotionally stimulating film. Must watch for our recessionary times! Highly recommended!