Natalie: My name is Miss Keener and I’m here today to talk about your options.
Samuels: I worked for this company for 17 years and they send a 4th-grader to can me? What the fuck is this?
Natalie: It’s perfectly normal to be upset. However, the sooner you can tell yourself that greater opportunities…
Samuels: Greater opportunities? I’m 57 fucking years old.
– Natalie (Anna Kendrick), Samuels (Steve Eastin), Up in the Air (2009), screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, based on the novel by Walter Kirn
The Daily Dialogue theme for the week is getting fired, suggested by lizswan.
Trivia: Jason Reitman began writing the screenplay in 2002 when the economy was booming and planned to make it as his first feature. The opportunity to make Thank You for Smoking and Juno presented themselves and he put this off until this year, meanwhile America plummeted into an economic recession. He said the film’s tone changed completely in response to the real world crisis and works much better now as a topical piece than it would have a decade ago, the delays in its realization being fortuitous.
Dialogue On Dialogue: How painful it was to watch this video chat firing scene, incredibly awkward and dehumanizing… and great drama.