The ever-charming George Clooney plays a maverick who makes his living travelling around the US firing unexpecting employees. Faced with the risk of being grounded to by a video conferencing desk, he takes a young go-getter on board to show her the ropes of corporate downsizing. He learns a little something himself instead and eventually has to face the drawbacks of his life choices. Dealing with themes of joblessness and loneliness, the humorous yet touching story is an enjoyable and thought-provoking watch. With sharp social commentary, indie wunderkind Jason Reitman tops his peers in this oh-so-trendy genre of warm-hearted drama comedies. V-MP