Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) is at the center of it all. He is a road warrior, a man who spends the vast majority of every year on the road. He is a proud member of a number of traveler rewards programs and is in love with the perks they bring. His goal, aside from his job, is to reach a magic number of frequent flier miles, a number he is a little shy in talking about.
Bingham is in the business of firing people. When companies do not have the guts to fire staff, they turn to the company Bingham works for. He sees it as a necessary service, shuffling people out of their jobs and helping set them on a path of future success. It is a lonely job but one he relishes as he travels from state to state and city to city.
Into his life comes Alex (Vera Farmiga), a fellow road warrior and someone in whom Ryan finds a kinship. They embark on a relationship of convenience as their paths cross time and time again during their travels. His life is further complicated by Natalie Keener (Anna Kendrick). Natalie is a business rival who introduces us to the impersonal concept of firing by webcam.
Both of these women have opposing views of life and their expectations of it. Bingham's outlook on life is challenged by both. Will his minimalist life be able to withstand the chinks in the armor that these women find? Do not be fooled, the lives of the women also reach a crossroads. In a way their varying viewpoints arrive at just the right time to make them all question the paths they have chosen.
It is an interesting film. Watch as they stick to their guns and their way of life only to have their beliefs shaken in subtle but important ways. It is not so much a question of whether they will come out unscathed but of how much collateral damage will be left in their wake.