3 1/2 Stars
Jason Reitman’s third feature film is a charming audience pleaser. George Clooney plays Ryan Bingham a man who travels 350,000 miles in a span of 12 months and stays on the road 320 days a year. He considers airports and hotel his residence. Ryan is sent across the nation to fire people, until his company unexpectedly grounds him. I won’t give away too much plot, but to say Oscar nominated screenwriters Reitman and Sheldon Turner have many unforeseen surprises in store. Clooney gives a career best performance as the emotionally empty professional who slowly begins to feel again. He’s given great support from co-stars Vera Fanning and especially Anna Kendrick. This is a film of its time. It may seem dated when viewed ten years from now. But it sure hit’s home in today’s economic climate. The academy got it right, bestowing six nominations on this beguiling little gem. One of the best films of 2009.
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