Early in the just-released Up in the Air, George Clooney’s character reveals to a young coworker his dream of registering 10 million frequent flyer miles on American Airlines. She responds dismissively, “Isn’t 10 million just a number?”
Clooney replies — with just the right weary exasperation — “Pi is just a number.”
It’s a good movie, by the way, better than I expected from the trailer. It doesn’t try to do anything very hard and it possesses simple virtues: good writing, good acting, good pacing. Then again, almost every movie I see lacks at least one of these; so in this sense Up in the Air tried something hard after all.
By the way, I can no longer hear Clooney’s name without thinking of the recorded “Doors Closing” announcement on the DC Metro. It really does sound exactly like a voice warning you, softly, robotically, and somehow wistfully, “George Clooney.”