is a 2009 American film written and directed by Tony Gilroy, and starring Julia Roberts
and Clive Owen
. The film was released on March 20, 2009.
Corporate espionage meets romance.
The plot of the film follows Ray Koval, an MI6
agent, and Claire Stenwick, a CIA operative who cooperate in a con poised to undercut a company who has discovered a cure for baldness and sell the formula, running off with the money themselves.
Tropes associated with this work:
- Anachronic Order: We jump from how Ray and Claire first met to the present day, and then back to the other times they've met, and so on.
- Foreshadowing: During the opening credits, Howard and Dick get into an argument that turns into a fight, and Howard is winning by the time the credits end; over the course of the movie, Howard ends up triumphing over Dick again in a different kind of contest.
- Mock Guffin: The formula Claire and Ray are trying to steal doesn't exist; Howard only pretended there was one to embarrass Dick and fool Claire and Ray.