People are thinking way too much of this flick. In Michael Clayton George Clooney plays Clayton, a lawyer who solves personal problems of the other lawyers and big clients of this fancy NY firm. I heard somewhere that he plays a broken man fixing the problems of other broken men, and that's a good description -- the movie focuses on Michael's efforts to deal with a partner (Tom Wilkinson) who goes postal in the midst of a ginormous mass tort lawsuit. The acting is okay, I couldn't see all the Oscar potential people are talking about. The movie is very good, you should see it, just don't expect that much.