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Up in the Air (2009)

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



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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-traveller woman of his dreams.

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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 USA:

$1,181,450, 6 December 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jason Reitman got the idea of the backpack speech from a time when he and his wife had to evacuate their house due to a fire in the neighborhood. See more »


At airport security, Ryan puts his laptop in a tray. He proceeds to take off his shoes and put them in a tray, but his shoes are already in the tray next to the laptop bin. See more »


Ryan Bingham: [after sleeping together] You're up.
Alex Goran: I have to fly stand by to make a meeting in Cincinnati.
Ryan Bingham: Ok.
Alex Goran: [playfully] I made you feel cheap.
Ryan Bingham: Just leave the money on the dresser.
Alex Goran: I'll text you later so we can swap schedules.
Ryan Bingham: I really like you.
Alex Goran: I like you too.
Ryan Bingham: Good, go catch your flight.
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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 »


Featured in Wheel of Fortune: Wheel Across America 1 (2009) See more »


Tickets to Life Theme
Written by 'David Winer'
Courtesy of American Airlines, Inc.
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George Clooney shows something he has never shown before. vulnerability.
4 December 2009 | by 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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