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Up in the Air (2009)

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Ryan Bingham enjoys living out of a suitcase for his job traveling 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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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 76 wins & 158 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

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

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Drama | Romance

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

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23 December 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amor sin escalas  »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

CAD 72,204 (Canada) (6 December 2009)

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$83,823,381 (USA)
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Trivia

The statement "I'll say" is used three times in the movie, each time by a different person. See more »

Goofs

After the rehearsal dinner, Ryan is told to turn up around 5pm for the wedding to start at 5.30pm. In February, sunset is between 5.04pm and 5.42pm for Waupaca, so it would be dark outside, however, when the wedding takes place and into the dinner itself, it is clearly light outside. See more »

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Natalie Keener: So they don't ever actually do it?
Ryan Bingham: No. No. It's just talk.
Natalie Keener: How do you know? Do you follow up?
Ryan Bingham: I mean, no, nothing good's gonna come of that.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Game Night: Clue Boom-Boom Pow (2014) See more »

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Good Times
(1979)
Written by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers
Performed by Chic
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Film & TV Licensing
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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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