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Up in the Air (2009)

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With a job traveling around the country firing people, Ryan Bingham enjoys his life living out of a suitcase, but finds that lifestyle threatened by the presence of a new hire and a potential love interest.



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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 76 wins & 152 nominations. See more awards »



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Ryan Bingham is a corporate downsizing expert whose cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles and just after he's met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The story of a man ready to make a connection. See more »


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 December 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amor sin escalas  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,181,450 (USA) (4 December 2009)


$83,813,460 (USA) (2 April 2010)

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Did You Know?


The newspaper headline "Cougars Take State" appeared in the Waupaca Daily Times. There is no newspaper in Waupaca, WI called the Daily Times. (Also, the Waupaca school mascot is the Comets, not the Cougars.) See more »


Other than Karen Barnes, none of the other employees from other companies, their severance terms and conditions were mentioned or discussed. See more »


[first lines]
Terminated Employee: This is what I get in return for 30 years of service for my company? And they send some yo-yo like you in here to try to tell me that I'm out of a job? They should be telling you *you're* out of a job.
Terminated Employee: You have a lot of gall coming in here and firing your number one producer. And then you're going to go home tomorrow and make more money than you've ever made in your life, and I'm going to go home without a pay check. Fuck you.
Terminated Employee: I just... I guess you leave me dumbfounded. I don't ...
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Crazy Credits

Over the end credits, the camera glides over the clouds. Much like the view from a plane. See more »


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Mood Indigo
Written by Barney Bigard, Duke Ellington (as Edward Ellington), and Irving Mills
Performed by Thelonious Monk
Courtesy of Concord Music Group
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User Reviews

George Clooney shows something he has never shown before. vulnerability.
4 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Halfway through this movie I considered it an 8 out of 10 and decently spent money. The second half came as a big surprise. George Clooney let go of all his suave and let his eyes show fear and isolation that real people feel.

There were two things going on in this movie. On one end, we were looking at the people getting fired. On the other end, we were seeing the problems with Ryan's way of life. The interviews at the end with the people who lost their jobs explaining that it was family and support that brought them through bad times hit a perfect note for bringing both parts of the story together.

The title of this film literally explains what it is like to not know what aspects of your life are solid, such as a home or a significant other. Everything going on is simply up in the air. One day, what you thought was one way will turn out to be something else entirely.

Best of Reitman's three. Very much recommend it.

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