“Up In The Air” is one of the best movies ever made about working — especially following the 2008 Great Recession. The movie struck a cord with people who had lost their jobs as a result of the economy as well as people who remained employed but felt a sense of loss.
In the movie, George Clooney and his co-workers are hired by corporations to conduct layoffs. It seems heartless, but he’s being hired by a company to provide a service (which also seems heartless, but there are a variety of reasons and factors involved) and he does it with a kind of detached compassion that gets the job done but also takes a little bit of pain out of the process.
As you might imagine, the movie involves all the dynamics of an Oscar-nominated film and Golden Globe-winning screenplay: Witty and thought-provoking dialogue, complex relationships, laughter and tears. But it’s really about Clooney’s character, how hard he works, and why he loves what he does. It’s a spotlight on how engaging with people, no matter what job you’re doing or how long you’ve been doing it, is one of the most powerful skills you’ll ever have.
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