Released 12/23/2009 Rated: R
For the most part, I liked it. It’s an interesting look on both lifestyle and relationship choices. George Clooney and Anna Kendrick are great as always. The majority of bigger names attached to this project had smaller roles than expected, but considering the premise, was great.
Ryan Bingham is a corporate downsizing expert who excels at life on the road and prefers it to the loneliness of “home;” however, his job is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching the coveted ten million frequent flyer mile mark by grounding him with plans to fire people via internet rather than face to face. Natalie, the new girl responsible for his impending uprooted lifestyle, travels with him to experience the job first-hand as he proves his personal touch to the tricky situation and save his job. She begins questioning his choices when her own relationship falls apart, and Ryan’s blossoms with a fellow frequent-flyer.
It’s a great look at what’s important, and what people want in life. We have the successful, independent bachelor/bachelorette who know what they want, the young achiever who thinks she knows what she wants, the couple in love who are happy but prepared for struggles, and all the people committed to their companies who get let go. Nearly all of them go through an upheaval in what they thought was their set way of life; hence the title of the film.
It definitely didn’t end how I expected. Can’t say I’m thrilled with the ending, but it creates character development, which in the end, is what makes a good story. It’s worth checking out.