R | | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Ryan Bingham enjoys living out of a suitcase for his job, travelling around the country firing people, but finds that lifestyle threatened by the presence of a potential love interest, and a new hire.
A large number of the people we see fired in the film are not actors, but people who were recently laid off. The filmmakers put out ads in St. Louis and Detroit posing as a documentary crew looking to document the effect of the recession. When people showed up, they were instructed to treat the camera like the person who fired them and respond as they did, or use the opportunity to say what they wished they had. A way to discern who are the actors, and who are the real people, is that the real people do not have dialogue with George Clooney or Anna Kendrick, as they were shot separately. Jason Reitman did this intentionally, feeling that the real people would freak out Clooney and Kendrick.
To know me, is to fly with me the airport is where I temporary live. When I run my card the system automatically prompts the desk clerk to greet me with this exact statement "pleasure to see you again" it's these kinds of systematized friendly ...
Ryan Bingham is consistently shown swiping his credit card or American Airlines frequent flier card horizontally though the slot across the top of the American check-in kiosk to receive his boarding pass. The top slot is only to read passports on international flights. There is a card slot to the bottom right on the American kiosks to check in for flights. You cannot check in by swiping horizontally through the passport slot as Ryan Bingham does throughout the movie.
Over the end credits, the camera glides over the clouds. Much like the view from a plane.
$1,181,450 6 December 2009