From the juiced-box and the soundtrack: Sonny Chillingworth – Hi’ilawe
[Press 'Play' for some of that eerie, Hawaiian spook uke.]
Ramblings: Get Lei-d
Final Proof: 3 Shots
You know how you get drunk in a bamboo bar with a postcard as a coaster? It’s a pretty as a picture place you never really went to especially if you went there because the picture isn’t real, man, just watch how the bottle warps the image until the picture becomes warped, and you’re not stupid, you get what the picture is supposed to represent but you wonder why they didn’t choose a better angle, a better photographer and even a better site for sore eyes. Then again it’s just you, the only one using the postcard for a coaster, because everyone else in the bar seems to think the picture is great so you just sit back and shut up and wait for the fuss to die down. That’s what it was like with The Descendants for me.
i gotta get this off my cocktail nuts right up front. One of the things that really cracked me up about this movie was how everyone kept talking about how great George Clooney was acting because he was acting outside of his zone. Bullshit people! He wasn’t acting outside his comfort zone, he was acting old and old is so much his zone it’s called Cloonely-ville and the zip code is his birthday. He was acting his age is all. Plus, he wasn’t even acting! He was just being himself like he already is. It’s like everyone complimenting me for writing super sarcastic when this is how i am in real life so save the props for when i write something good. Like not funny. If you don’t laugh at all, start complimenting me all over the place is what i’m saying.
Look, i’ve interviewed hot babes who have hung with George and they’re all about the Cloon-tang, and he’s a sincere guy and great for the industry and a credit to the human race and all that but that doesn’t make it my fault the brother can’t go in the pool because he’s got Depends on underneath his bathing suit.
Other than that rant, this was the movie that wasn’t. The scenes weren’t finished because the director decided to be fake European and cut right before the good parts. The acting wasn’t great because some of the actors [*cough* Nick Krause *cough*] was in over his head and must be related to someone who owns this movie. Worst of all, the film wasn’t interesting because we don’t care about the people or their boring ass story. Tell them to shut up and take their thirst world problems to a bar where patrons can swallow the swill they’re putting out.
When i say we don’t care, obviously I’m not talking about the little girl actress, Amara Miller, who is only 11 and still acted the diapers off… It’s nice to know the future of cinema is in such strong fragile hands.
Before i give up on this section, i wanna drink a toast to the lovely and talented and especially lovely and especially talented Judy Greer, who i’ve been crushing on hard since before i was born but i was really glad to see her get a decent amount of screen time for a change. Sure, she had a lot of face time in 13 Going On 30, but here she gets to show some acting range and she killed. If she continues to chose roles like this one and act the crap out of them like she did here, she won’t be an undersung actress much longer.
As for The Descendants, i wouldn’t worry about sticking this one on top of your Netfuks to-o do list because it’ll just leave you as limp as a perm in Hawaiian humidity. You know what you should stick instead? Men Who stare At Goats, the movie in which George Clooney has to act…and does a really good job of it.
Buzz Kills (Watch Out for Spoilers)
Sex: 3 shots
Let me start off by thanking my lucky star and her name is Shailene Woodley. Why am i thanking her? For being born 20 years ago, which means i can post an exposée of her down here, below the line. Plus she goes through the whole movie in shorts and a bikini so say no more than: There is a god and he made Shailene Woodley be born on November 15, 1991. And he made her grow up to look like this.
Click on the Shot for the Wallpaper
Still in keeping with the whole “god theme”, there’s some single shots of Miss Woody down below in my drawers. Just keep scrolling down until you hit pay dirt, then keep going until you hit just plain dirt.
On top of that (i wish), there’s the exact same Judy Greer (36) i was already talking about up there when i was talking about how the role of Julie Speer showed us how far she could stretch her talents. She looks really good stretching.
Click on the Shot for a Wallpaper
i didn’t neglect to include some random drawer shots of Judy in my drawers, check them out down there if you don’t believe me.
For those of you who are more into forefathers than foremothers, here’s a Clooney shot from the Bar None.
George Clooney in the Bar None
Drink: 2½ Shots
Who knew i was going to go this far? i sure as hell didn’t when i went into the movie but i was pleasantly surprised.
Mixed in with that, i didn’t prop Sailene’s acting ability up there because i’m going to do it here. She rocked as an actress. Seriously, if you have to see The Descendants, see it for the performances of Amara Miller and Shailene Woodley. Sold solid solid.
The only soft spot in young Shailene’s repertoire is her totally understandable inability to play drunk. She has a scene where George arrives to pick her up from boarding school and she’s drunk and you can just tell she’s never woken up with tequila stains and a missing stocking before in her life. Which is a good thing, just not for that scene.
The Descendants in The Bar None
Other than that, we got:
Elizabeth [coma wife, played stoically by Patricia Hastie] is a drinker
He [Matt King / George Clooney] says, “Elizabeth with her motorcycle and her drinking.”
A bottle of Jameson on the nightstand
“Tell her how drunk you were the other night. Tell her how you may be an alcoholic.”
Everyone drinks wine at the party where he tells everyone they’re taking Elizabeth off life support.
Sid’s [Nick Krause] dad died in a double drunk driving accident
Old Fashioneds at the bar with Cousin Hugh (Beau Bridges)
Beer at picnic where cousins vote on the property
Rock & Roll: 0 Shots
Nothing except for this weird kind of freaky ukulele music. Lena Machado – Mom
[Press 'Play' to get your uke you laid.]
Boring Technical Crap
Kaui Hart Hemmings (novel)
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash (screenplay)
Directed by: Alexander Payne
Amara Miller – Scottie King
Shailene Woodley – Alexandra King
Judy Greer – Julie Speer
Patricia Hastie – Elizabeth King
George Clooney – Matt King
Nick Krause – Sid
Beau Bridges – Cousin Hugh
i bet the book is better than the movie and if you don’t have enough time or energy to read the book, you certainly don’t have enough time or energy to see this movie.
Al K Hall’s Drawers
No more funny. From now on, it’s just serious picture action.
From the juiced-box and Erin’s cabaret band’s first CD: Alacartoona – Every Saint Needs A Sinner
[Y'all gotta press 'Play' for the Alacartoona songs. As i couldn't hook up with my normal dealer, i paid a buck for each tune here. Sure it's a good deal, especially when you hear the songs, so you gotta get my money's worth.]
‘Member how i did a Booze Revooze of Up In The Air? Erin sure does. See, in the Silken Butterflies section i mentioned Meagan Flynn (who i interviewed here), but misread my notes when it came to Erin. Only problem was, Erin and Meagan are friends so Erin called me out in the comments section of the review. i groveled with what will go down deep in my annals as The Shout Out post. Laugh all you want but i must’ve said something right because this amazing young lady not only agreed to an interview, but rocked it up one side and down the other.
Here then, is The Booze Talkin’ with Erin McGrane, who plays George Clooney’s ex-love interest and neighbor Dianne in Up In The Air.
A Martini With Olive Eyes [Photo (c) Joseph Maino Photography
Try as you might, no one has been able to talk me out of the ridiculous mad lib intros. To remind you the rules: i asked Erin to give me 10 words and then plugged them into a text i’d already written. She had no idea what the text was. To change things up a little bit, i’ve decided to include the words i asked her to provide; her answers are underlined.
(1) Favorite city, (2) Favorite color, (3) Object, (4) Favorite food, (5) Adverb, (6) Favorite song, (7) Other favorite food, (8) Favorite drink, (9) Favorite body part, (10) Verb of speech
Erin and i crossed paths in the Paris airport. I’d been stopped at security for carrying this huge green guitar, but she stepped up and vouched for me. To thank her, i took her to an upscale, all you can eat pot roast with all the trimmings buffet. The lights were dim, the candles burned fantasticallyand the soft sounds of “Blackbird“ floated through the restaurant air like sushi on a river of Irish Whiskey. i reached over and timidly rested my hand on her mouth. “I must interview you,” i sang madly.
Al K Hall: Let’s rock and roll, baby.
Erin McGrane: That’s what I do best.
Al K Hall: You sure fit right in here in Paris. Have you always been a big city chick?
Erin: Actually, I was born and raised in northwest Iowa. Farm country.
Al K Hall: How corny! Get it!? “Corny”? [Erin gags a little.] C’mon, they got corn in Iowa, right? Man, i’m good at this stuff. So, Erin… Can i call you “Erin”? What do people in real life call you?
Erin: ‘Rin, EMac, E, Erinski
(c) Pam Taylor of PresentMagazine.com
Al K Hall: “E”. i like that. Like “beautiful-E”. Or “ink-E“. Here’s a transition for you, got any tattoos?
Erin: I’ll never tell.
Al K Hall: That’s OK, we’ll play “Find The Tat” later. What about cool scars?
Erin: I’m wretchedly clumsy so…oh yes. My favorites are a wicked one on my right wrist/hand from when I put my hand through a window by accident, and then a triangle-shaped one on my left knee. I got that one in 6th grade when I was jumping hurdles practicing for a track meet. Except that I had just broken my left arm and it was in a cast, so my balance was off. I wiped out real bad because I couldn’t break my fall. That one hurt.
Al K Hall: i could kiss them to make them all better… [Erin gags a little more.] Or not. Either way. So, 6th grade… How old are you now?
Erin: Here’s your chance to flatter me!
Al K Hall: Hmm, i’d say more than the sentence for statutory and less than the sentence for killing someone. Which puts you somewhere between jailbait and murder.
Erin: That’s a compliment?
Al K Hall: i’m pretty sure. How’s this: Is it fun being gorgeous? Do you realize that wherever you go, you go there with a hot girl while the rest of us can only say that if we slide up so slowly next to one in a bar that she doesn’t notice we’re there?
Erin: Sweet talker. Hey – was that you last night hanging around the ladies room at the bar?
Al K Hall: No way! i was the guy in the ladies room next to the condom machine. Everyone needs a hobby, right? And if we’d hooked up there, what’s something i wouldn’t have known about you right off the bat?
Erin: I’m clumsy…
Al K Hall: Oh yeah, like the getting scarred up while hurdle jumping in a cast.
Erin: …and I like to sew.
Al K Hall: Great! Can you sew me a suit like the one George Clooney wore in Up In The Air? No? Maybe if i win “Find The Tat”… So, how did you get the role of Dianne, Clooney’s neighbor and ex-love interest in Up In The Air?
Erin: Shawn Mullane at Exposure – my fabulous agent – called me in for the audition. I auditioned through several rounds, culminating in reading on camera with Jason Reitman himself then having to be approved by Paramount in the final round. Nerve-wracking to say the least! I think Meagan and I talked every day during the waiting period before it was confirmed that we got the roles.
Al K Hall: What kind of director is Jason Reitman? Super laid back and lets you find your character or kinda bossy and hooked on the details?
Erin: Working with Jason was wonderful. He’s very approachable and understands actors. One of my favorite things about working with him was the audition; he read the scene with me himself. Playing the scene together several different ways was delightful and the kind of experience actors live for.
Another Scoop: Erin *Rocks* Hats
Al K Hall: C’mon, how ’bout some dirt? What was the least pleasant thing about the shoot?
Erin: The worst thing about the shoot was that it was too short! I would have loved to stay longer.
Al K Hall: I’m not sure that counts as “dirt”, babe. What about the producers. Did they treat you right? For example, did they pay for your bar tab?
Erin: The producers were great! Um, yes, actually George paid my bar tab.
Al K Hall: Only because you’re way hotter than that Italian wench he hangs with. i know everyone asks what it was like to work with him, but i’m more interested in you. What was it like for him to work with you?
Erin: I had to let him down easy…
[i laugh out loud and a little of my vin rouge comes out my nose. Erin is a trip.]
Al K Hall: What souvenirs did you keep from the set? You can tell me, it’ll stay here in The Bar None, swear to god.
Erin: Just the usual stuff I skimmed from the hotel: towels, pillow, hairdryer, wall art…
Al K Hall: Yeah, it’s a bitch to unscrew those hair thingies from the wall. Back to the movie, what did you think— Wait, you have seen it, right?
Erin: I’ve seen it several times now in KC and in Chicago with friends. So fun!
Al K Hall: What did you think of your scenes?
Erin: George is fabulous. I was fortunate to spend most of the day with him on set and then had dinner and drinks that evening, so I got to know him some and I can tell you he’s great. He’s warm, generous, totally hilarious and a goof ball, relaxed – the kind of guy you want to come to every party you give from now on. He’s the center of every room he’s in. He’s also wicked smart. Oh yeah – did I mention gorgeous?
Al K Hall: Yeah, i got that. What did you guys drink?
Erin: George drank champagne all night – before dinner and into the wee hours. Don’t know what kind of champagne – none I had ever had – but it was beyond delicious. I drank my usual…started the evening off with a blue sapphire martini up with olives, (a little wet and not too dirty thank you), wine during dinner, champagne with dessert, then switched after dinner in the bar to Jameson.
Al K Hall: You go, girl! What about your other projects? You play the role of Demi Fitzpatrick, one of the Unreal Housewives Of Kansas City. Don’t you think you’re a little young to play a cougar?
Erin: One of the things I love about Demi is that she tries so hard – too hard – and doesn’t realize she doesn’t need to at all. She’s actually kind of sweet but definitely misguided…she thinks it’s really cool to be a cougar and she feels that she’s in training for when she gets old enough.
Al K Hall: Wow, i can see you’ve thought a lot about her! My favorite webisode of yours was “Pilot: Martinis & Monologues” because you make those kick ass cougar sounds. How many takes did it take you to nail that? How did you learn that? Will you ‘do the cougar’ for me later?
Erin: The cougar comes naturally, Al. However, I don’t usually ‘cougar’ on command. Tell me why I should…
Al K Hall: Um, i won’t hold you to our game of “Find The Tat”? Is the cougar purr how you got chosen for the part?
Erin: In fact, the producers (Meagan Flynn, Jen Plas and Michelle Davidson Bratcher) called me directly and asked me if I’d like to do it. I had worked with Jen and Meagan before and they thought I’d be right for the role.
Al K Hall: A role you got an Emmy for! Congratulations! How many statuettes did they give y’all and who gets to keep one in their house? Are you going to take turns or did you play rock/paper/scissors?
Erin: Well, we eventually all got a statue. FYI, they do make you pay for them and they ain’t cheap, lemme tell you.
Al K Hall: Babe! That is so stingy. And also why i decided not to win an Emmy. i just can’t afford to.
(c) Brian Collins of Fixation Media
Al K Hall: Being the professional that i am, i did some research between a couple sips of Smirnoff Ice and on IMBD i saw you have a film, Nailbiter, coming out this year. What’s the pitch for the movie?
Erin: Ooo – I’m really excited about this. Nailbiter is a thriller/horror film that I describe as a cross between Twister and Aliens and it’s directed by the talented Patrick Rae. The story is about a young mom who is driving her girls across Kansas when they get caught in a terrible storm. They take shelter in an abandoned farmhouse and just when you think it’s safe….I’m under contract to stop there.
Al K Hall: Sounds awesome, i can’t wait! You’re the only actress listed in this film, what’s up with that?
Erin: I think the other girls are minors. I’m definitely not!
Al K Hall: Like i said, between jailbait and murder… You’re also the singer Ruby Falls in Alacartoona, a cabaret act.
[Press 'Play' for Alacartoona's "Ruby's Lament"]
Al K Hall: How would you define “cabaret act”?
Erin: A cabaret is an intimate night spot where stars and unknowns alike face no restrictions on the type of music or performance, can experiment with new or avant-garde material, and can interact with the audience. The cabaret removes the “fourth wall” between artist and audience, thus heightening the synergy between the two. It’s not “burlesque” or “vaudeville”. It’s something else from those.
Al K Hall: “Baudeville”! Yeah, i get that.
(c) Jospeh Maino Photography
Erin: Within that framework, Alacartoona is developing a new performance form we’re calling, “theatrical music”. We write original music and spoken pieces that our characters bring to life on stage through lipstick, accordion and gin. Our songs have back stories and loosely tie together to provide insight into these very interesting characters. It’s dark, sexy, sad, funny and very entertaining. Or at least we think so!
(c) Jospeph Maino Photography
Erin: Alacartoona has a standing monthly happy hour show at a great Kansas City Jazz club, Jardine’s. The club serves Alacartoona’s signature drink, the “Alacartini”. It’s made from the tears of an angel distilled in hell’s cauldron. Let’s have one, shall we?
Al K Hall: [Sips drink] Oooh, bittersweet. What’s your touring schedule like? Isn’t it tough to juggle a singing career, an acting career and a top modeling career (because you are just that damn beautiful)?
Erin: Flattery will go a long way with me, just so you know. I work in two cities equally – Chicago and Kansas City, so I travel all the time. Alacartoona hasn’t toured much lately, but more road dates are in the works for this year. And yes – sometimes it’s hard to keep up with all I have going on and hard to keep the focus up, but I love it and I’m thankful that I get to do what I love for a living!
Al K Hall: You go by the stage name Ruby Falls in Alacartoona. i, Al K Hall, think fake names are kinda silly. Don’t you?
Erin: [She giggles so cutely even kittens are jealous.] I think you’re silly. And very sweet and funny. You’re paying me for this, right?
Al K Hall: Um, define ‘paying for this’.
(c) Joseph Maino Photography
Erin: Seriously, alter egos rule. Everyone should have at least one.
Al K Hall: At least one. Wait, who said that? OK, how would you define the similarities and differences between Ruby and Erin?
Erin: Ruby is bolder than Erin and takes more risks. Erin is concerned for others, Ruby is essentially concerned with her own survival. And love. And whiskey. Both Erin and Ruby are passionate about everything they do. Ruby is a better drinker than Erin these days.
Al K Hall: Wow, she gets around! What about you? Any other projects that i was too lazy to discover?
Erin: I’m working on a team of talented KC artists developing a new cross-discipline performance work entitled, “The Oil Boiler” which will be staged in May in Kansas City. It’s about a hit man who is losing his nerve (and his mind) and it takes place in a seedy night club full of hit men with a jazz band. Will I see you there?
Al K Hall: You know it. As soon as i get the ticket you send me. Oh yeah, i fly Business, remember. Have your people call my people. Speaking of, if a casting agent is interested in contacting you, what’s the best way?
Al K Hall: Oooh, charming and witty. You really got it all, don’t you?
Al K Hall: Time for the dreaded Bar None portion of the show. Have you had your shots? ‘Cause here we go… what’s your favorite alcohol?
Erin: The one you’re buyin’, preferably Irish Whiskey.
Al K Hall: When was the last time you had a hangover?
Erin: Last time I saw you, Al.
Al K Hall: That’s true, i do make a lot of people sick. Do you smoke?
Erin: No way! I’m an ex-smoker and never will again.
Al K Hall: Nobody’s perfect. What’s your favorite swear word? Do you swear a lot?
Erin: Shit, I dunno. I mean, hell no I don’t swear!
Al K Hall: Finally, what’s your favorite thing about me, Al K Hall?
Erin: Bold and funny.
Al K Hall: As a Meagan Fox tattoo, baby. Speaking of ‘Meagan’, i almost forgot…if Meagan Flynn, your friend and co-star in Up In The Air and Unreal Housewives of Kansas City, should happen to read this, what’s a question i didn’t ask her in my interview with her that i should have?
Erin: She is multi-talented and totally hot. ”Meagan, is there anything you can’t do?”
Al K Hall: Meagan? If you’re here in The Bar None, we expect an answer! Meagan had this one for you, Erin: ”Is Meagan Flynn the best co-star ever?”
Erin: The only drawback to working with Meagan is that she is so smokin’ hot and talented that it’s hard to get any love with her around.
[This is a reference to my oversighting her in the original review of Up In The Air... Erin jibes her elbow into my side and winks ferociously. i am so distraught, i drown my sorrows in a gallon jug of Alacartini and am unable to continue the interview. Tragically, i also have to take a rain check on "Find The Tat".]
And that, kids, is all she wrote. Hope you’re sitting down for the disclaimer. Believe it or not, Erin and i never really met in Roissy-Charles De Gaulle airport outside of Paris. The whole interview was done through e-mail and, while i added bits to make the transitions smoother, i didn’t change an iota of Erin’s answers.
i have many things to thank Erin McGrane for. First off, i’d like to thank her for forgiving my unforgivable boner in not mentioning her in the original draft of my Up In The Air review. Second off, i’d like to thank her for her time, imagination, wit, honesty, and lack of pressing charges during our exchanges. She is as clever and sincere as she is beautiful, which is all too rare a commodity in a talented actress these days.
To thank you, my patronizers, i leave you with a bonus round: Alacartoona’s “Just A Drink Or Two”
From the juiced-box and the soundtrack: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – This Land Is Your Land
[Press 'Play' to get your Dap on]
Ramblings: Up In The Air Is Down To Earth
Final Proof: 3 1/2 Shots
You know how you get drunk in airport bars? It’s not as old-school as train stations and less depressing than bus stations because the people you meet are more varied. For example you got your business people and it’s hard not to look on them with a little envy as they skirt lines with VIP cards and sit down before you in seats better than yours to get comped drinks. They’re the ones paying sky high prices in the bar because they’re saving the receipts that’re all gonna be reimbursed by their companies. But they pay for it in other ways like the families they leave behind to suck jet fumes, and smiles as cold and conditioned as the air they recycle when they’re flying. Airport bars are designed to make you feel at home even when you know you’re not and they’re polished and professional but often full to the rim with humanity: talkative help cleaning the floors who address you like they know you, happy couples high on the idea of traveling together and those looking on with only one dry eye because they were once sitting in Business and now they’re on Economy and even if they realize they’re better off in some ways, they still need that next drink they can’t afford but are ordering anyway. Airport bars are cool because of the contrast between the shallow depth of the decor and your closest strangers making it real. Up In The Air is kinda like that.
George Clooney and Vera Farmiga In The Airport Bar None
You want a metaphor? Up In The Air is the story of a man who’s happy as hell drinking imported beer and thinks champagne is for wussies. Then he gets a taste of what he thinks is champagne and loves it. Until he finds out it wasn’t champagne at all and so he wants to get a bottle for real but no one’s there to give it to him and in the end he has to go back to beer.
i’m a big Jason Reitman fan. i thought Thank You For Smoking was cool as hell and even if i thought Juno was a tad overrated, i was with him all the way on that one. UITA didn’t disappoint.It’s funny and tender in all the right ways because it steers around the storm clouds of romantic-comedy and the turbulence of forced happy endings.
Another cool thing about UITA was how Reitman dealt with the subject of unemployment. In Ryan’s (played masterfully by George Clooney) own words: “I work for [a] company that lends me out to pussies like Steve’s boss who don’t have the balls to sack their own employees.” So yeah, Reitman coulda just chosen to use that as kinda a backdrop for the story but he chose to move it into the forefront by hiring real unemployed people who’d been laid off to recreate the moment they were fired. Very cool and very meaningful and a great idea because those 25 people add a lot of depth to the movie.
The normal actors do a decent job. George Clooney (Ryan Bingham) gives his character a lot of character and Vera Farmiga is believable as jet setter, Alex Goran. Anna Kendrick is getting a lot of attention for her role as young exec Natalie Keener and the girl is golden. It’s nice to see her in a role that’s more of a stretch than Kristen Stewart’s high school friend in Twilight, and man can Anna stretch.
Basically, if you’re tempted to see this, you pro’lly should. Up In The Air is a trip.
Before we get to the talent, here’s another song from the juiced-box and soundtrack. i like it because, if you listen to the words, it makes sense for us drinkers: Sad Brad Smith – Help Yourself
Buzz Kills (Watch Out for Spoilers)
Sex: 2 shots
There’s only one partially nude scene, and that’s of Vera Farmiga’s body double who’s got a nice butt and shows a little side boob. i knew right away it was a body double, ask Miss Demeanor, because they never showed Vera’s face during the naked part. That’s a tell tail sign right there. The UITA Trivia Section on IMDB has Vera saying she doesn’t mind being naked in a movie but that she’d recently given birth and “the breast milk running down would have been inappropriate”. Hell, i don’t know about that but i guess it woulda been distracting.
So anyway, here’s some shots of Vera Farmiga (36) i didn’t already exposé in my Orphanreview.
Vera Farmiga In The Bar None
Anna Kendrick (24) was super cute in her role of Natalie Keener, especially in the party scene when she lets her hair down, literally, and rocks out. i also already exposéd her in my Twilight: New Moon review so here are some different shots of her.
It’s getting harder and harder to exposé Melanie Lynskey (32, who plays Ryan’s sister Julie Bingham) after doin’ her twice already, once for The Informant and another time for Away We Go. Still, i dug deep and found these:
There were also a slew of those fleeting beauties who flit across the screen in the blink of a wink. Here are those Silken Butterflies i hope to see lots more of…
First up, Adrienne Lamping who plays Tammy, one of Julie Bingham’s Bridesmaids. Click on the photo to visit her Agency.
And it would be a mortal sin not to mention Erin McGrane, who is adorable as Ryan’s neighbor / ex-love interest. If UITA lacks credibility, part of it is that in real life George Clooney would do everything in his power to win back this young lady’s heart. Yes, there was also some Booze Talkin’ with her as well.
There’s also Lanette Fugit (39), another flight attendant, though tragically uncredited. Clicking on the photos will take you to her web site.
To wrap this bad boy up, here are some shots of George Clooney (48) for those who prefer fuselage to hangar.
George Clooney At The Bar None
Drink: 2½ Shots
i should probably go a little higher here as there were enough drink references, but i’ve limited it to 2½ because booze didn’t play a key role in the film.
When Ryan (George Clooney) and Alex (Vera Farmiga) meet in the hotel bar, he’s drinking a gin & tonic and she’s got a martini.
Natalie (Anna Kendrick) gets drunk with Ryan and Alex after her boyfriend dumps her by text message. They drink martinis, scotch & sodas, and then there’s more drinking at the Tech party they crash. Hats off to Anna Kendrick who plays drunk with a believable amount of understatement.
The next morning, Natalie apologized for getting carried away, which i liked because i’ve had to do the same kinda post-binge groveling more than once.
There’s also beer from mugs at the rehearsal dinner for Ryan’s sister Julie’s wedding.
When Ryan’s sad, he drinks minibar bottles of Southern Comfort that he keeps in his own fridge in his apartment.
Finally, when Ryan hits the 10 million mile mark, the flight attendant (i’m pretty sure it’s Meagan Flynn from above) gives him a glass of champagne.
Rock & Roll: 1 Shot
The soundtrack is pretty folky but not so bad even if it isn’t rock.
What’s also not rock is the cameo by Young MC at the tech party, singing his hit “Bust A Move”.