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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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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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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$83,813,460 (USA) (2 April 2010)
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Sam Elliott has a small part as a pilot, who personally congratulates Ryan on finally achieving his coveted mileage award. In a deleted scene on the DVD, there is a shot of the airline's promotional poster on a wall, with a picture of Elliott as the airline pilot. Like many such posters, it includes a quote attributed to his character (Maynard Finch), but the name given after the quote is "Sam Elliott", not the character's name. See more »

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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 »

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Ryan Bingham: [Over the phone] I was hoping to hear from you
Alex Goran: I'm in Hot-lanta and I need a rib joint recommend bad
Ryan Bingham: Fat Matts: bring a bib
Alex Goran: [referring to the initials of the airports she'll stop at during her business trip] I'm out of Hartsfield into IAD with a connection to ORD and SDF
Ryan Bingham: Oh, sorry
Ryan Bingham: Tell me about it how long is your lay over? They got multiples at SDF can you push?
Alex Goran: Yeah I can push
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Over the end credits, the camera glides over the clouds. Much like the view from a plane. See more »

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References Amélie (2001) See more »

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Written by David Crosby & Graham Nash
Performed by Crosby Stills Nash & Young
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A Decent Satire
7 December 2009 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

We are drawn in by interesting, unique storyline and smart satirizations. About a man whose unique job is to fly around the country to inform people that they are fired. He meets a young ambitious woman that joins his company and who wants to change the system. Her ideas clash with his personal lifestyle choices.

What the movie really is about is lifestyle choices, and relationship choices, choosing independence and freedom versus commitment and well established interpersonal relationships. By taking a definitive stance the movie provides interesting commentary on those that for whatever reason (not necessarily for work) don't stay put.

A Monotone mood is established, that gave a bland aspect as though nothing substantial was happening. Part of the story took a dull meandering at times, however there were unconventional plot twists that made something that was seemingly Hollywood predictable not that way at all. And it was still interesting and entertaining to watch the contemporary witticisms.

The two main characters, although not the most true to life characters ever created, were brilliant satires of people we all know. We are all too familiar with the fiercely independent, non-committal, cockily at ease bachelor and we have also come across the, sharp, type A, ivy league know it all yet with an obvious naivety especially shown with her declaration of the specific laundry list of traits that her partner must have.

There were also some smart satirical illustrations of contemporary times in business, relationships, how people interact and the recession. For example the use of the smart phones in the new techno/relationship world is not simply put in as a momentum mechanism but is used as a symbol to satirize contemporary society.

It is not so much Clooney's acting that is a marvel as the casting, which was perfect. By being so spot on by choosing someone on the cusp of getting a little older yet with plenty of playful, youthful vigor we sense the conflict and the melancholy.


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